Moscow Man Sentenced in Three Federal Cases
COEUR D’ALENE – Matt Eugene Ruck, 49, of Moscow, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to 60 months in prison followed by 3 years supervised release for wire fraud and theft of government money, unlawful possession of firearms and making a false statement, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Ruck to pay $206,081.35 in restitution. In Ruck’s first case, a jury found him guilty of wire fraud and theft of government money in March of this year. In his second and third cases, Ruck pleaded guilty on August 23, 2016, to unlawful possession of firearms and making a false statement.
In Ruck’s wire fraud and theft of government money conviction, Ruck had contracted with the government to provide services for which he overbilled. Ruck stole approximately $345,000 through these transactions. In Ruck’s second case, he was charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition. Ruck was a prohibited person at the time he possessed the firearms. In Ruck’s third case, Ruck was charged with making a false statement on a government document. Ruck was debarred from government contracting. In order to get government contracts, Ruck and his co-defendant William Douglas Brown made a false statement on the application that allowed Ruck to bid on government contracts. Ruck obtained 12 government contracts after he was debarred.
These cases were investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration – Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS).