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Release No. 06-014

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2006
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Thom Mrozek (213) 894-6947

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ANAHEIM TRANSPORTATION NETWORK SENTENCED FOR FRAUD SCHEME


Los Angeles, CA - The former executive director for the Anaheim Transportation Network ("ATN"), was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler to five months imprisonment and five months home detention and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $118,875.

LAURIE SMITH, 40-years-old, of Spokane, Washington (formerly of Whittier, California), was the executive director for ATN from October 1997 through December 2003. ATN is a non-profit agency established by Disneyland and Anaheim area hotels and restaurants to provide transit services for tourists in Anaheim, California. As executive director of ATN, Smith reported to the eleven member Board of Directors for the City of Anaheim.

Smith pleaded guilty on November 4, 2005, to one count of honest services mail fraud. Smith admitted to knowingly carrying out a scheme to deprive ATN and the City of Anaheim of their intangible right of honest services.

Smith admitted to creating a fictitious vendor named Advanced Transportation Services for the purpose of submitting phony invoices for payment from ATN. Advanced Transportation Services had no employees and provided no services to ATN or any other company. As the executive director of ATN, Smith had the authority to hire vendors to provide services to ATN as necessary. Smith created the bogus Advanced Transportation Services invoices and mailed the invoices to ATN for payment. Smith also leased a post office box in the name of Advanced Transportation Services to receive the checks from ATN via mail. From approximately October 2002 through December 2003, Smith embezzled approximately $118,875 from ATN through her submission of phony Advanced Transportation Services invoices.

This case is a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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