A North Carolina man could face up to 20 years’ prison time in connection with accusations that he defrauded charities in the area. Official reports show that the man is charged with federal crimes including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. It appears that the man has not been officially indicted, but the charges have been formally issued in an “information,” another type of legal document. The North Carolina man has been charged with perpetrating the crimes throughout the Southeast.
The defendant reportedly was the head of a family-owned marketing company that he ran from his house. He became acquainted with another person involved in the scheme in the 1990s; that alleged co-conspirator was a high-ranking employee at Southern Region of Mercedes Benz USA. The pair reportedly created a scheme designed to solicit funds from that company by misrepresenting themselves as charitable endeavors. The Mercedes employee had the ability to approve invoices for charitable contributions.
The two men were accused of creating false invoices and then seeking financial compensation from Mercedes Benz. The men would split the money, sending part of it into a shell company. In all, authorities report that as many as 16 charitable events were targeted. Sponsorship money was reportedly stolen from such events as the Tom Coughlin Foundation Charity Golf Tournament & Car Show, along with several other fundraisers and charitable tournaments.
The defendant in this case is facing serious criminal allegations for the supposed federal crimes. A North Carolina attorney may be able to provide additional information for those who are facing such serious charges. These attorneys may be able to provide advice about plea agreements and other major decisions related to the criminal case.
Source: The Florida Times-Union, “N.C. man enters plea agreement in ripoffs of charities, including some in Jacksonville” Jim Schoettler, Feb. 25, 2014