Colleyville, Texas, Businessman Sentenced to Federal Prison, Fined and Ordered to Pay Restitution Following Wire Fraud Conviction
FORT WORTH, Texas — Edward Gayowski, 58, of Colleyville, Texas, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 15 months in federal prison, ordered to pay $70,845 in restitution and fined $5,000 following his guilty plea in April 2012 to one count of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Judge Means ordered that Gayowski surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on January 7, 2013.
According to plea documents filed in the case, prior to 2007 and continuing through 2010, Gayowski fraudulently inflated expense reports for airline travel, hotel and meal expenses, and car rentals in connection with business trips he took while employed as a salesman with Illinois Tool Works (ITW). He submitted fraudulent expense reports to ITW with false receipts for travel that never occurred, obtaining cash repayment for personal use. In addition, he submitted fraudulent expense reports to ITW for airline travel under his name, but used by his family members.
The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Gulde.
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