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December 19, 2012

Henderson County Man Sentenced for Mail Fraud

TYLER, Texas – A 56-year-old Athens, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Mark Eugene Thomas pleaded guilty on Mar. 7, 2012, to mail fraud and was sentenced to 41 months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

                According to information presented in court, from 1998 to 2009, Thomas was employed by Argon Medical Devices, Inc. (AMD), an Athens-based manufacturer and supplier of specialty medical products utilized in the areas of cardiology, radiology, and critical care.  From 2004 to 2008, Thomas, the Accounting Manager for AMD, provided fraudulent data to AMD's parent corporation and external auditor to make AMD appear more profitable in order to secure additional capital investments for AMD and the payment of performance incentives for AMD employees, including Thomas.  This fraudulent activity resulted in a financial loss of between $1 million and $2.5 million. 

            Thomas was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,509,169.70.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney L. Frank Coan, Jr.





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