SLIDELL MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY, MAIL FRAUD, AND MONEY LAUNDERING
DOMINICK FAZZIO, 53, of Slidell, Louisiana, was charged in a 19-count indictment today by a Federal Grand Jury with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the Indictment, from on or about June 2008 to present, FAZZIO and others conspired to defraud Garner Services, LLC, which scheme ultimately resulted in a loss of over one million dollars. Specifically, in order to carry out the scheme to defraud, FAZZIO and others created fraudulent invoices made payable from Garner Services to companies controlled by FAZZIO and would retain a portion of the payments received. FAZZIO used commercial mail carriers to further this scheme.
If convicted, defendant faces the following penalties on each count:
as to Count 1, Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud: 5 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and $100 special assessment fee;
as to Counts 2 - 4, Mail Fraud: 20 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee;
as to Count 5, Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering: 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee;
as to Counts 6 - 19, Money Laundering: 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.
U.S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This investigation was conducted by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
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