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Oklahoma Man Sentenced To 30 Months Imprisonment For Conspiracy To Defraud A Cary, NC Company

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH –United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that yesterday in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced BRENT ALLAN DILONARDO, 58, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to 30 months imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, and $219,304 restitution.  On July 11, 2016, DILONARDO pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. 

The Criminal Information alleged that DILONARDO and co-conspirator John Michael Wade had contracted with a company in China to supply tools to their company headquartered in Cary, NC.  DILONARDO, Wade, and the Chinese company reached an agreement to inflate the invoices to DILONARDO’S company.  After DILONARDO’S company paid the inflated invoices to the Chinese company, the Chinese company paid the inflated amounts to DILONARDO, who in turn split the proceeds with Wade.  Wade incorporated a business to receive his share of the proceeds.  Wade pled guilty in February, 2016 to the same offense and was sentenced on September 13, 2016 to twelve months and one-day imprisonment.  DILONARDO received a higher sentence than Wade based in part on his leadership role in the conspiracy to defraud.

The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon handled the case on behalf of the Government.

Updated October 14, 2016