Springfield Man Sentenced to 48 Months in Federal Prison for Wire Fraud in Connection with Fraudulent Scheme to Obtain Pandemic Unemployment Benefits
United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced Bruce Aaron Boulton, age 49, of Woodville, Mississippi, to 51 months in federal prison following his conviction for mail fraud and wire fraud. The Court further sentenced Boulton to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment, and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $584,142.70.
According to admissions made during his guilty plea, Boulton was employed by Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, LLC, as a safety and fleet manager from 2013 to 2015. During the course of his employment with Kleinpeter, Boulton created false and fictitious companies for the purpose of defrauding Kleinpeter. He then created fraudulent invoices from these companies which he used to bill Kleinpeter, and which reflected repairs on Kleinpeter vehicles that were not actually performed. This caused Kleinpeter to issue checks to Boulton’s fictitious companies which were then deposited into a bank account he controlled. This scheme caused Kleinpeter to pay him approximately $305,373 to which he was not entitled.
Boulton then continued his scheme with Angelle Concrete Group, LLC (“Angelle”), one of the largest producers of ready-mix concrete in the greater Baton Rouge area. At Angelle, Boulton was employed as an Assistant Fleet Manager from June of 2015 until January of 2018. While at Angelle, Boulton again created fictitious companies for the purpose of defrauding Angelle. As part of his scheme, Boulton created and submitted fraudulent invoices and monthly expense reports. These fraudulent billings caused Angelle to pay Boulton for work his fictitious companies never actually performed on Angelle’s vehicles and equipment. Boulton’s scheme caused Angelle and its insurance company to suffer a loss of $278,769.56.
U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “My office will continue to aggressively pursue those who use their positions of trust to steal from their employers. Such betrayal often risks the financial livelihoods of their co-workers and may threaten the financial integrity of their employers. I am proud of our prosecutors and the special agents from the United States Secret Service who worked on this very important matter.”
Tara McLeese, Resident Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service in Baton Rouge praised the efforts of investigators and the talented prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for bringing Boulton to justice. McLeese said, “Financial crimes are not victimless crimes and have real impact on our community. Today’s sentencing reflects the aggressive efforts of the United States Secret Service and our partners, to combat financial based crimes in the Middle District of Louisiana.”
This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter J. Smyczek.