Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tennessee Man Sentenced For Embezzling $1.2 Million From Contractor

Rickey L. Bright, 55, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for embezzling nearly $1.2 million from Shoffner Mechanical, Industrial & Service Co. Inc., an HVAC contractor, where he had been employed as a project manager.  According to authorities, beginning in April 2005, Bright conspired with an unidentified commercial products supply company to defraud the company in a classic vendor-kickback scheme.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Atchley Jr. is reported to have said, "Bright submitted false purchase orders to the supply company owner for supplies that were not required to complete projects that he managed. The supply company owner would submit false invoices, which Bright approved and submitted for repayment."  The supply company owner, who has not yet been criminally charged on the federal level, has been identified as Robert L. Greeley Jr.  Bright reportedly spent some of the ill-gotten gains to support his lifestyle.

Read the story here and here.

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