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MAY 3, 2006
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NEVADA MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON IN SCHEME
TO STEAL CUSTOMER PAYMENTS FROM BUSINESS IN SAVAGE, MARYLAND
BALTIMORE, Maryland - Jeffrey L. Divens, age 36 of Las Vegas, Nevada was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy to transport stolen securities, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson also ordered that Divens pay restitution of $381,585. Divens was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on or before August 3, 2006.
According to the agreed statement of facts presented to the court on December 8, 2005 at his guilty plea, from July 2001 through January 2004, Divens’ sister, Donna R. Mackall was employed by Piney Branch Motors d/b/a Allied Trailer Sales & Rentals in Savage, Maryland as an accounts receivable clerk. She had access to the company’s computerized ledger where she was supposed to credit payments received from customers to outstanding invoices. On a number of occasions, Mackall posted false information in the ledger to cover up the fact that she did not deposit certain checks into the company bank account. Rather, she forwarded checks to Divens who opened a business account in Texas under the name of Allied T&S Rentals, a name similar to Mackall’s employer’s name which was the payee on the checks. After depositing the checks into the business account, Divens transferred some of the proceeds to his personal checking account, and sent a portion of the proceeds back to Mackall. During the course of the conspiracy, checks in the amount of approximately $381,585 were stolen by Mackall from Allied Trailers in Savage, Maryland and transferred to Divens in Dallas, Texas where he deposited these checks in a commercial bank account he controlled.
Mackall, age 42, of Charlotte, North Carolina pleaded guilty to the same charge on October 18, 2005 and was sentenced to one year and one day in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. Judge Nickerson also ordered that Mackall pay restitution in the amount of $442,000.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its investigative work, and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning, who prosecuted the case.
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