California Man Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding his Massachusetts Employer Over a 16 Year Period
BOSTON – A California man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for embezzling over $1.2 million from his employer over a 16-year period.
Darrell Pike, 57, of Hesperia, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Judge Myong J. Joun to three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, with the first nine months to be served in home confinement. Pike was also ordered to pay restitution and forfeiture of $1,232,001. In October 2022, Pike pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.
Pike was the general manager of an Ontario, Calif. subsidiary of a supply and service company based in Wilmington, Mass. Between approximately 2005 and 2021, Pike prepared and submitted fraudulent invoices to his employer on behalf of a fake temporary staffing company, Consumer Information Systems (CIS), for staffing services CIS purportedly provided at his employer’s Ontario location. Pike added approving initials of company personnel to the invoices without their knowledge or consent. Through the fraudulent invoices, Pike caused the company to pay approximately $1,271,206 to CIS, which he deposited into a bank account he controlled.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kriss Basil of the Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.