Federal Jury Finds Conspirators Guilty Of Embezzling Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Higher Education Institution
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the
According to the indictment, from December 2021 until April 2022, Bergwall gained unauthorized access to compromised employee accounts of a multi-national shipping, receiving, and supply chain management company (the Victim Company). Bergwall and his co-conspirators used these accounts to enter fraudulent tracking information for merchandise transported by the Victim Company on behalf of victim-retailers located all over the country. This allowed the co-conspirators to pursue full refunds from victim-retailers while maintaining physical possession of the merchandise, such as high-end electronics, jewelry, designer clothing, and accessories. Bergwall and his co-conspirators offered this service for sale, which was marketed as “FTID” (Fraudulent Tracking ID). Bergwall’s FTID fraud scheme caused nearly 10,000 fraudulent returns and resulted in at least $3.5 million in lost product and sales revenue to victim-retailers.
In addition to orchestrating the overall FTID fraud scheme, at times, Bergwall purchased merchandise for himself and later submitted fraudulent tracking information to the Victim Company, prompting full refunds from victim-retailers. For example, during the course of the conspiracy, he did so with regard to a $41,000 Rolex President Day-Date watch, a $600 TeamGee H2O Electric Skateboard, a $350 Samsung 43-inch Smart UHD TV, and an $80 pair of Reebok shoes.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations Tampa, with valuable assistance from Homeland Security Investigations Miami. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.