Okaloosa County Father and Son Sentenced in Wire Fraud Scheme to Defraud Non-Profits
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Anthony Floyd Hemphill, 39, and his father, William Hemphill, 58, both of Crestview, Florida, were sentenced today after pleading guilty in February 2016 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud non-profit organizations of more than $300,000. Anthony Hemphill was sentenced to 41 months in prison, to be served consecutive to another sentence he is currently serving, and William Hemphill to 5 years’ probation. The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
During their pleas, the conspirators admitted that, between December 2013 and December 2014, they fraudulently represented that A.F.H. Construction LLC owned modular buildings that could be donated to non-profit organizations free of charge, if the non-profit organizations would agree to pay for the transportation and set up of the buildings. Using high pressure sales tactics, the conspirators persuaded the non-profit organizations to quickly wire advance payments for transportation and set up costs, ostensibly to prevent the modular buildings from being donated to other parties.
Once they had their victims’ money in hand, the Hemphills used delaying tactics and false statements to convince the victims that the modular buildings were in the process of being delivered and set up. In fact, no modular buildings were ever delivered.
During the conspiracy, the victims wired approximately $311,700 as advance payments for the transportation and set up costs. Anthony Hemphill used $51,000 of these payments to make a partial restitution payment that he owed in another federal criminal case in the Western District of Texas. Anthony Hemphill is currently serving a 41-month sentence imposed in the Texas case. He committed the conduct underlying the modular building fraud while on pre-trial release and/or as a fugitive in the Texas case.
In addition to the conspiracy charge, Anthony Hemphill pled guilty to wire fraud, and William Hemphill pled guilty to making a false statement to a federal agent.
This case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Kathryn D. Risinger prosecuted the case.
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