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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 7, 2013

Daviess County, Kentucky Man Guilty Of Embezzling From His Former Employer

OWENSBORO, Ky. – A Daviess County, Kentucky man pleaded guilty today, in United States District Court, before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. to charges of accessing a protected computer to obtain something of value with the intent to defraud, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Jason Duke, age 35, from Owensboro, Kentucky, was charged in a ten count federal grand jury indictment on February 20, 2013. According to the plea agreement, between December 11, 2007, and July 11, 2010, defendant Duke, accessed a protected computer, exceeding his authorized access, and obtained a total of approximately $101,000 in checks drawn on the account of his employer, Riverside Transport Incorporated, formerly known as BFL Trucking Inc. For the purpose of executing the fraudulent scheme, Duke accessed his employer’s computer, and obtained checks, which he cashed using an alias at a food mart in Indiana. The checks ranged in value from $146.18 to $405.92.

At sentencing, Duke faces no more than five years in prison for each of the ten counts, a $250,000 fine, an order of restitution, and a three year period of supervised release.

Sentencing is scheduled in Owensboro on September 6, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. CST before Chief Judge McKinley.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marisa Ford and was investigated by the Owensboro Police Department and the United States Secret Service.