Baton Rouge Man Sentenced to 132 Months in Federal Prison for Fraud Scheme and Money Laundering Relating to Financial Aid and COVID Fraud
United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced Brittany Monroe Knapp, age 35, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, to 46 months in federal prison following her conviction for wire fraud. The Court further sentenced Knapp to serve three years of supervised release following her term of imprisonment and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $869,940.
According to admissions made as part of her guilty plea, on or about November 14, 2019, Knapp submitted an expense report from a computer located in Baton Rouge to the Oceans Healthcare corporate office in Plano, Texas, in which she falsely represented that Employee A had authorized the purchase of certain equipment from a vendor, at a cost of approximately $1,338.00, to conceal the fact that she had actually charged $1,338.00 in Oceans Healthcare funds to an online PayPal account that she controlled.
Also according to Knapp’s admissions, on or about December 15, 2019, from a computer located in Baton Rouge, Knapp submitted an expense report to the Oceans Healthcare corporate office in Plano, Texas, in which she falsely represented that Employee A had authorized the purchase of certain products from the vendor for approximately $1,919.62, to conceal the fact that she had actually charged $1,919.62 in Oceans Healthcare funds to an online PayPal account that she controlled.
Throughout the course of the fraudulent scheme, Knapp, without authority, embezzled over $750,000 of Oceans Healthcare funds to which she was not entitled.
This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward H. Warner.