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May 19, 2014

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


David Wayne Grigsby Sentenced For Making False Declarations Before A Federal Grand Jury

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – David Wayne Grigsby, 48, of Wise, Va., was sentenced on May 12, 2014, by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U. S. District Judge, after being convicted by a jury for three counts of making false declarations before a federal grand jury. Grigsby was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release under the supervision of a federal probation officer. A fine of $4,000 was also imposed. There is no parole in the federal system.

Evidence presented during the jury trial demonstrated that Grigsby falsely testified before a federal grand jury that he had no knowledge of a fraud scheme involving Eastman Chemical Company and denied any involvement in the collection of false samples of coal that were submitted to an independent testing service to defraud Eastman Chemical Company. However, audio recordings played during the jury trial demonstrated that Grigsby had in fact been directly involved in the fraud scheme by directing employees of the independent testing service to submit false samples of coal for testing. Employees of the testing service also testified that Grigsby had directed the collection of false samples of coal for testing for the purpose of defrauding Eastman Chemical Company.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI. Assistant U. S. Attorneys Neil Smith and Suzanne Kerney-Quillen represented the United States.

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