Judge sentences rental car company manager for scheming to defraud his employer
ST. LOUIS – United States District Judge Henry E. Autrey sentenced David Kramer to 24 months in prison today. The 42-year-old Parkland, Florida resident pleaded guilty to five counts of wire fraud.
In his role as a Risk Manager with a Florida-based branch of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Kramer would request checks from the accounts payable team for various expenditures related to E.H.I.’s business functions.
Beginning in 2009, Kramer began requesting checks for fictitious and fraudulent expenses. Kramer, to support his check requests, would create false and fraudulent requests for payment from various entities in the south Florida area including the sheriff’s offices, the Florida Department of Transportation and judicial courts among others.
Once Kramer received the check, he would deposit the money into his personal bank accounts. Kramer then used the fraudulently obtained funds for personal purchases and expenses including luxury vacations, expensive watches and jewelry, and designer clothing. Kramer submitted at least 694 false and fraudulent check requests resulting in an actual loss to E.H.I. of $1,457,247.82. As a part of the sentencing, Kramer is ordered to pay full restitution to E.H.I.
“This case is a perfect example of how getting the FBI involved sooner rather than later can lead to the most successful outcome possible,” said Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the FBI St. Louis Division. “The earlier we get involved, the more options we have to build an effective investigative strategy and hold criminals accountable.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Lindsay McClure-Hartman is handling the case.