FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - October 9, 2008
WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced JOY DALTON-ROBINSON, 50, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to one year and one month of imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. Additionally, restitution in the amount of $117,628.29 was imposed.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 17, 2007. DALTON-ROBINSON was convicted of nine counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud following a jury trial earlier this year.
JOY DALTON-ROBINSON is a Quality Assurance Manager who has worked at Nomaco, in Tarboro, North Carolina, since 2003. As a Quality Assurance Manager, one of DALTON-ROBINSON’s responsibilities was to obtain quotes from companies to provide calibration services for Nomaco. In December 16, 2005, Nomaco was going to fire DALTON-ROBINSON for falsifying work hours. DALTON-ROBINSON agreed to submit her resignation in lieu of being fired. Shortly after DALTON-ROBINSON resigned, David Williams, manager, started looking at the financial books for budget purposes and noticed that over $100,000.00 was spent on calibrations for the machines, which was a very high amount. The books were reviewed more thoroughly.
The investigation revealed that while DALTON-ROBINSON was employed with Nomaco, she and others created three fraudulent companies: CHDacton, Jvaden, and Synclair-Harris. These companies were created to provide “calibration services” at Nomaco. Invoices from the three companies in the amount of approximately $117,000 were submitted and paid in over a year period. Nomaco, however, has no records that these calibrations services were actually conducted.
The investigation revealed that CHDacton was registered to DALTON-ROBINSON’s father on August 1, 2005; however, the first invoice submitted to Nomaco was dated July 1, 2005. From July 15, 2005, to December 9, 2005, CHDacton submitted 15 invoices listing calibration services totaling $42,080.00. Nomaco issued the checks to CHDacton. The checks were deposited into a checking account held in the name of DALTON-ROBINSON and her father.
The Synclair-Harris company was registered to DALTON-ROBINSON’s fiancé at the time, now husband, on October 3, 2005; however, the first check paid by Nomaco to the company was dated April 29, 2005. From April 29, 2005, to December 21, 2005, approximately 19 checks were made payable and issued to Synclair- Harris totaling $42,160.69 for calibration services that were never conducted.
The investigation further revealed that Jvaden was actually Jo Vaden, a childhood friend of DALTON-ROBINSON. From August 27, 2004, to July 18, 2005, approximately 14 checks were made payable and mailed to Jvaden totaling $33,448.00 for calibration services that were determined had not been performed.
Mr. Holding applauded the sentence imposed by the Court: “the Court’s sentence strongly addresses the crime in this case. The defendant simply stole from her employer. Placed in a position of trust, this defendant went to great lengths to set up a scheme to abuse that trust and stole more than $100,000 of her employer’s funds.”
Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Felice McConnell Corpening served as prosecutor for the government.
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