An Oxnard man who worked as a civilian purchaser at Naval Base Ventura County will spend nearly six years in prison for fraud. According to investigators, the man accepted bribes and kickbacks over several years. Beginning in 2008, the purchaser accepted cash payments from a Ventura County contractor who submitted phony invoices. The purchaser then approved payment for the invoices. Between 2008 and 2011, the man accepted about $375,000 in cash payments.
Later, the purchaser created a phony company to accept invoice payments by check from the contractor. In 2011, the purchaser began to accept checks from the contractor. In 2013, the purchasing officer also bought a maintenance company, and then began accepting phony payments through that company. Investigators determined that the man collected another $850,000 in fake-invoice payments.
The Ventura contractor pleaded guilty to conspiracy earlier this year. The purchaser admitted his role in collecting the phony payments and admitted that many of his invoices were fraudulent. In addition to fraud and conspiracy charges, the man also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and filing false tax returns.
The purchasing officer will spend 5 years and 10 months in jail and will be required to pay about $1.2M in restitution to the federal government.
Oxnard Fraud Attorney
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Mr. Helfend manages every case personally and knows what it takes to provide a successful federal defense. His first priority is to reduce or eliminate the charges against you. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best outcome for your case.
Working with an experienced federal defense attorney can make a major difference in your case. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County fraud case.
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