Seville man charged with mail fraud related to $185,000 scheme
David A. Riedel, age 53, of Seville, Ohio, is accused of committing mail fraud as part of a $185,000 scheme, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The one-count criminal information filed today alleges that on approximately 53 occasions, from September 2010 to July 2012, Riedel, for the purpose of executing a scheme to defraud, Riedel caused checks to be sent and delivered by the United States Postal Service. Specifically, the information alleges that while Riedel was employed by Avanti Trucking, he applied for a United States Post Office Box and falsely identified it as the address for a company that provided hauling services to Avanti Trucking. Riedel submitted approximately 50 fraudulent invoices to Avanti Trucking, claiming that the company had performed work for Avanti Trucking. In fact, and as Riedel then well knew, that company had stopped providing hauling services for Avanti Trucking in April 2010.
According to the information, Riedel received approximately $185,000 from Avanti Trucking through his fraudulent scheme. Due to the losses caused by Riedel’s conduct, Avanti Trucking was forced to liquidate its assets in 2013 and is no longer in operation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chelsea S. Rice following an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
A criminal information is a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.