NORTH CAROLINA MAN CHARGED IN SOUTH FLORIDA EMPLOYEE BENEFIT SCHEME
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer, Florida Department of Financial Services, announce that defendant Carl Dale Fuller, 52, of Wake Forest, North Carolina, was charged in a criminal complaint in the Southern District of Florida with mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud National Employer Services (NES), located in Avon Park, Florida.
Fuller was arrested Friday in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and made his initial appearance in federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina, earlier this morning. A detention hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2011 in federal court in Raleigh.
The complaint alleges that Fuller, posing as ‘David Walters,’ defrauded NES. NES is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), providing cost-effective services for businesses that out-source employee benefits, payroll, workers compensation and other human resource functions. NES is required to obtain and maintain workers compensation coverage for all employees under Florida Statute 440.10(g).
According to the complaint affidavit, from around March 2005 through August 2008, Fuller pretended to be David Walters, and claimed to be an insurance agent and the owner of Southeast Services, Inc. Fuller fraudulently represented that he had obtained insurance coverage for NES and began collecting payments from NES for his services. In this way, Fuller caused checks to be sent from NES in Avon Park, Florida, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to an account which Fuller controlled.
Mr. Ferrer commended the efforts of the Department of Financial Services and the FBI. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emalyn H. Webber.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.