Edmond Man to Serve 24 Months in Prison and Pay over
$600,000 in Restitution for Defrauding Employer
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Earlier this week, JOHN BRADLEY THOMAS, 54, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was sentenced by United States District Judge Robin J. Cauthron to serve 24 months in prison for wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme to defraud his former employer, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to court records, Thomas was employed by The Boldt Company, of Appleton, Wisconsin, as Vice President of Business Development. His duties involved marketing and sales, maintaining business relationships with clients, and project manager for certain projects. As the project manager, Thomas would set up jobs in the company computer system, order materials, hire subcontractors, invoice customers, and receive payments. He was also provided company credit cards issued for procurement purposes. From April of 2006 through December of 2008, Thomas established false projects and work orders in the company system and created false construction invoices submitted to the company from which he diverted money for his personal expenses. Following his termination from Bolt, Thomas also illegally diverted funds from his subsequent employer which was taken into consideration at sentencing.
Thomas was charged by Information on May 19, 2011, and pled guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in this scheme on July 19, 2011.
At the sentencing hearing, Judge Cauthron ordered Thomas to serve 24 months in prison on the count of wire fraud, and 24 months in prison on the count of money laundering, the sentences to run concurrently. The prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release on each count, also to run concurrently. In addition, Thomas was ordered to pay restitution of $600,161.29 to Boldt and $10,330.59 to his subsequent employer.
This case was investigated by the Oklahoma City Economic & Identity Crimes Task Force, which includes the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, United States Secret Service, Oklahoma City Police Department, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Midwest City Police Department, Moore Police Department, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Robinson.