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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Former Employee of Charitable Organization Sentenced to Prison For Stealing Over $140,000 in Funds

Scheme Involved Fake Invoices and Claims for Reimbursement

            WASHINGTON- Floyd L. Middleton, 47, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 15 months in prison on a federal charge involving the theft of over $140,000 from a religious charity where he worked in an administrative capacity, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

            Middleton pled guilty in July 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to a charge of interstate transportation of stolen property. He was sentenced by the Honorable Christopher R. Cooper. Following his prison term, Middleton will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also must pay $142,484 in restitution and an identical amount in a forfeiture money judgment.

            According to the government’s evidence, the scheme took place between February 2009 and October 2014, when Middleton was employed by an organization referred to in court documents as “Charity A,” a religious charity. During this period, Middleton embezzled $142,484 in funds through false representations and invoices. For example, he established the property management company that managed the apartment building where he resided in the charity’s computer system as a legitimate vendor. He then submitted false invoices leading to payments to that property management company for his personal benefit. Middleton also made false representations to secure reimbursement for personal funds that he never expended.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Phillips and Assistant Director in Charge Abbate commended the work of those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Angela Lawrence. Finally, they expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Kendra D. Briggs, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Muyiwa Bamiduro, who prosecuted the matter.

Financial Fraud
Updated October 12, 2016