FORMER RESTAURANT MANAGER INDICTED FOR $268,000 COMPUTER FRAUD
SHAWN MICHAEL HAYGOOD, age 39, a resident of Rowlet, Texas, was charged today in a one-count indictment with computer fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, beginning prior to October, 2006 until approximately April, 2009, HAYGOOD was a purchaser/manager at an upscale restaurant located in New Orleans. It is alleged that HAYGOOD designed a fraudulent scheme whereby he produced false invoices for perishable food items he claimed to have purchased for the restaurant. The indictment further alleges HAYGOOD would input the fraudulent amounts into the restaurant’s computer system, which produced a receipt he then used to get cash. Over about a thirty month period, HAYGOOD stole $268,774.00 from the restaurant.
If convicted, HAYGOOD faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a $250,000 fine, three (3) years supervised release, as well as restitution.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. of the Financial and Computer Crime Unit.
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