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Man Sentenced to Prison for Stealing $282,670 from Former Employer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Executive Approved Payments to Fake Web Security Company

            WASHINGTON – William Robinson, 41, was sentenced on March 2, 2021, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to two years of imprisonment for the interstate transportation of stolen property, announced former Acting U.S. Attorney Michael R. Sherwin and James A. Dawson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  

            Robinson was a former employee of a non-profit corporation that advocates for policies related to safe food, safe drinking water, and the climate.  Robinson was initially hired by the non-profit corporation in 2012 as a web developer.  After multiple promotions, he became its Chief Technology Officer in 2015.  While working at the non-profit corporation, Robinson devised a scheme to defraud by creating Vulcan Network & Data Security, LLC (“Vulcan”) and arranging a contract for Vulcan to provide web security services to his non-profit corporation employer.  Robinson then created false invoices on behalf of Vulcan and submitted them to his employer’s finance department, requesting payment for purported web security services, testing, and equipment.  In reality, Vulcan never provided any services to the non-profit corporation, which was already paying a separate company for those services.  From April 2017 to September 2019, Robinson submitted 13 false Vulcan invoices to his non-profit corporation employer.  The non-profit corporation paid Vulcan a total of $282,670 for services never provided.  Robinson received all of these funds and used them to pay for personal expenses.

            For the last payment made to Vulcan in the course of this scheme, on October 11, 2019, Robinson asked the non-profit corporation’s finance department to issue a check to Vulcan, along with two other unrelated checks, and give them to a particular employee so that Robinson could hand deliver them.  Robinson offered that employee $50 to deliver the checks to him from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Virginia.  After the employee made the delivery, Robinson cashed the $22,500 check from Vulcan that same day.

            Robinson was charged via criminal information in October 2020 and entered a guilty plea before the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on December 1, 2020. 

            In addition to sentencing Robinson to two years in prison, the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson ordered that Robinson serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution and a forfeiture money judgment.

           In announcing the sentence, Acting U.S. Attorney Sherwin and Special Agent in Charge Dawson commended the work of those from the FBI’s Washington Field Office who investigated the case.  They also expressed appreciation to Paralegal Specialists Quiana Dunn-Gordon, Amanda Rohde, and Michon Tart.  Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Macey, who prosecuted the case.

Updated March 5, 2021

Press Release Number: 21-032