Monday, January 19, 2015

Washington State Man Sentened For Embezzling Nearly $500K From US Foodservice Corp.

From the Bonney Lake Courier-Herald on 1/17/15:

The former Vice President of Finance for the NW Division of US Foodservice was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release and $496,845 in restitution, announced Acting United States Attorney Annette L. Hayes.

JASON A. GREEN, 37, of Puyallup, Washington, conspired with his friend, Jimmie Dillingham, to steal from GREEN’s employer, US Foodservice.  GREEN pleaded guilty to mail fraud, resulting in a loss of nearly half a million dollars to US Foodservice, in November 2013.

In November 2014 Dillingham pleaded guilty to mail fraud and will be sentenced later this year.  At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton told GREEN, “This offense is serious, it tears at the fabric of society . . . [it is the type of offense that] has a corrosive effect on people who didn’t have your opportunity.  You were blessed.  I can’t see the motivation.”

According to records in the case, beginning in July 2009 and continuing until late 2010, GREEN and Dillingham made up phony invoices indicating that Dillingham’s company had done work for US Foodservice.  GREEN abused his access to payment systems at the company to approve expenditures for work that was never done.  GREEN changed computer codes in the accounting records to conceal the fraud.
In one part of the scheme, the men invented a security company and submitted phony bills for work it allegedly did at a Clark County warehouse.  GREEN used his access to US Foodservice accounts to cancel the contract with a legitimate company and instead steered the business to Dillingham’s company.  The warehouse property was later sold.  After the men submitted the invoices for payment, Dillingham would deposit the checks and share the funds with GREEN.  Both men gambled significant amounts of the embezzled money at area casinos.
In December 2010, the company tried to untangle shortfalls in various accounts and GREEN quit his job when confronted about fraudulent entries in the books.  The company notified law enforcement which began the financial investigation.
Read the whole story here.

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