IT MANAGER FOR RESTAURANT CHAIN SENTENCED TO PRISON
JAMES McBRIDE, age 44, of Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced in federal court in Tacoma today. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton imposed a term of 18 months in prison and about $202,000.00 in restitution. McBRIDE previously pleaded guilty on April 13, 2005, to Interstate Transportation of Money obtained by Fraud.
Court papers indicate McBRIDE was employed by the Holland, a company which owns about 40 restaurants in southwest Washington and Portland, including the Burgerville chain. In his capacity as the IT Manager, McBRIDE supervised about 20 employees and had purchasing authority of items up to $6,000.00 without further approval. Using a side business of his own called Unlimited Solutions, McBRIDE created phony invoices purportedly for computer and other equipment, authorized the invoices for payment by the Holland, and diverted the proceeds to his personal benefit. In all, there were about 50 false invoices totaling about $202,000.00 between July 2000 and December 2002. McBRIDE received the fraudulently obtained payments in Vancouver, Washington, and used some of the funds to purchase personal items, including jewelry and car racing parts in Portland, Oregon.
In imposing sentence Judge Leighton stated that conscious and calculated dishonesty, like the many separate thefts by Mr. McBride, causes people to lose confidence in our society. When it occurs it must be taken seriously by the court and prison terms are appropriate.
The case was investigated by the Vancouver office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Vancouver Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kurt P. Hermanns. For further information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington, at (206) 553-4110.