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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bakersfield Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Bakersfield Pipe and Supply Inc.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lynnsi Dunbar, 30, of Bakersfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $287,945 in restitution for conspiring to defraud Bakersfield Pipe and Supply Inc. (BPS), U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, from March 2014 through October 2014, Kye Dunbar, 32, his wife Lynnsi Dunbar, and Daniel Harte conspired to defraud Bakersfield Pipe and Supply Inc. (BPS), which is headquartered in Bakersfield, by creating false invoices for payment. During this period, Lynnsi Dunbar was an employee of BPS, who with the help of Kye Dunbar and Daniel Harte, created “Harte Trucking,” a fictitious trucking company that was created for the sole purpose of submitting fraudulent invoices to BPS for services that were never performed. As a result of this conspiracy, the defendants were able to defraud BPS out of $287,000.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian K. Delaney prosecuted the case.

Lynnsi Dunbar and Kye Dunbar pleaded guilty and on June 26, 2017, and Kye Dunbar was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison. The case against Harte is still pending.

Financial Fraud
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Updated January 9, 2018