River Ridge Man Charged with Fraud in Security System Contracts
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that WAYNE WILLIAMS, age 37, of River Ridge, was charged today in a two-count Bill of Information with wire fraud.
According to the Bill of Information, WILLIAMS was responsible for selling security systems and services, and also for negotiating and signing customer contracts on behalf of ADT Security and Protection One. WILLIAMS was compensated by his employers through commissions received on contracts he negotiated.
The charges filed allege that WILLIAMS forged a customer’s signature on a $466,046.18 ADT Security equipment and installation services contract. Without ADT Security’s knowledge, the defendant secretly executed a separate contract with the customer in which only $109,148.93 was charged. The defendant received approximately $73,576.72 in commissions from ADT Security as a result of the fraudulent contract.
With regard to Protection One, the charges filed allege that WILLIAMS forged a purported customer’s signature on an $80,240.48 Protection One equipment and installation services contract. The defendant received approximately $2,353.99 in commissions from Protection One as a result of this fraudulent contract.
If convicted, WILLIAMS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years incarceration, three years of supervised release after any term of imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Polite reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney G. Dall Kammer is in charge of the prosecution.
Updated October 1, 2015