FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - April 7, 2010
GREENVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGE FOR
SCHEME TO DEFRAUD PITT COUNTY
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday a Greenville man pled guilty to the charge of mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341, which related to a scheme to defraud Pitt County. According to the Plea Agreement, TIMOTHY RAY STOCKS, 43, also agrees to pay restitution in the amount of $55,020.02.
A Criminal Information was filed charging STOCKS, on February 18, 2010.
According to the Information, from January, 2004, to June, 2005, STOCKS submitted invoices to Pitt County for work that he had not performed. Some of the unperformed tasks identified on the invoices included repair of dumpsters, welding, and cleaning. STOCKS submitted these fraudulent invoices while acting together with an official of Pitt County with whom, according to the Information, STOCKS split the profit.
At sentencing, which is set for July 19, 2010, the maximum penalties STOCKS faces for mail fraud are up to 20 years imprisonment followed by up to three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.00.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. This case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys David Bragdon and Dennis Duffy.
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