Houston Pair Charged with Defrauding Dr. Pepper Snapple
HOUSTON – Two people have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud for their participation in a scheme to defraud Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPSG), announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Authorities took Joseph A. Isaac, 52, of Houston, into custody today, He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson at 2:00 p.m. Co-defendant Anna Maria Sites, 41, of Friendswood, is expected to make her initial appearance in the near future.
The indictment, returned under seal Oct. 17 and unsealed today, alleges Isaac and Sites defrauded DPSG from 2010 through Feb. 17, 2015. The pair worked at FulFill Plus Inc., a company which administered rebate campaigns for DPSG, according to the charges.
DPSG paid money to Fulfill Plus to fund rebates for those who had requested them. However, the rebates were not paid, according to the indictment. Isaac and Sites allegedly used the money not paid out in rebates for their own personal expenses and non-rebate related expenses of FulFill Plus.
Conspiracy to commit mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, upon conviction. Each also faces up to 20 years for each count of mail fraud. Both charges also carry a potential $250,000 maximum fine.
The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Braddock is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.