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John Samuel Jarvis Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on April 24, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, JOHN SAMUEL JARVIS, a 30-year-old resident of Polson, pled guilty to theft of federal government money. Sentencing is set for July 30, 2009. He is currently released on special conditions.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

From January to July 2008, JARVIS was employed by Mission Valley Auto in Polson. During this time, JARVIS fraudulently used government credit cards that he obtained from government vehicles that had been dropped off at Mission Valley Auto for service.

Although the access device is referred to here as a "credit card," based on the common understanding of the term, it actually serves as a claim against the United States in which the vendor is paid directly by the GSA based upon the use of the device. It is intended only for use by government employees to fuel government vehicles being used in the course of government business.

When government vehicles were turned in to Mission Valley Auto for repairs, the government credit cards were left with the keys. JARVIS took the cards and used them to purchase gas while the vehicle was being repaired and returned the cards before the vehicles left the shop. In all, JARVIS used six credit cards for a total of 72 transactions, totaling $4,383.57.

On July 31, 2008, when interviewed, JARVIS admitted taking the cards and using them for personal gas purchases. At the conclusion of the interview, he retrieved the card he was currently using from his personal vehicle.

JARVIS faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Inspector General's Office for the General Services Administration.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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