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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Florida Resident Convicted In Wire Fraud Scheme Involving $1.3 Million

BATON ROUGE, LA –United States Attorney Walt Green announced THOMAS J. TANNER, JR., age 50, of Destin, Florida, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles to identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028. During the guilty plea hearing, TANNER, a former Project Manager of ISC Constructors, LLC, admitted to using the signature, name, and position of another individual relating to a scheme to defraud his former employer, ISC, along with Chevron U.S.A., Inc., of approximately $1,300,000, which was used to pay himself and others inflated rates for approximately 1 year.

U.S. Attorney Green stated: “Unfortunately, corporate fraud schemes continue to be employed by criminals both in the United States and worldwide. Moreover, the high-speed nature of communications today has allowed corporate executives to, at times, transmit fraudulent documents via e-mail, with the belief that the documents will be quickly reviewed and approved, and the underlying fraudulent scheme never discovered. This case is another example of my office working in conjunction with the FBI to aggressively identify and prosecute those engaged in identity theft and corporate fraud, as such criminal conduct results in the loss of significant corporate funds and corporate integrity.”

FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Jeffrey S. Sallet stated: “The FBI New Orleans Division will continue to investigate allegations of identity theft and similar white collar crimes that defraud Louisiana employers and residents.”

This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Pugliese.

Updated August 24, 2016