Con Man Defrauds Two Friends Out of Over $390,000
SHREVEPORT, La. – Glenn Lee Dobbs, Jr., 51, of DeBerry, Texas, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Donald E. Walter to 33 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, on wire fraud charges, announced Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook. Dobbs was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $391,241.
Dobbs was indicted by a federal grand jury for wire fraud and pleaded guilty to the charge on April 15, 2021. According to information presented to the court, Dobbs represented to two victims that he owned and operated a commercial roofing business. In March 2017, Dobbs falsely represented to one of these victims that his company had a contract with Roadrunner Rubber Company, a tire and wheel manufacturer in Houston, Texas, to roof its building. Dobbs asked the victim for money to pay the materials cost associated with the falsely represented contract and in exchange, they would split the profits. The victim believed that Dobbs did in fact have a contract with Roadrunner and paid him $212,348.
Further investigation by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that in April 2017, Dobbs solicited money from a second victim for another roofing job that did not exist. Dobbs falsely represented to the victim that he had a contract with the Tomball ISD in Tomball, Texas to roof a building. Dobbs asked the victim to pay the materials cost associated with the falsely represented contract and told the victim that in exchange, they would split the profits from the roofing job. The victim paid him $178,893. Neither of these victims were ever repaid the money that they provided to Dobbs.
Dobbs defrauded the victims in the Western District of Louisiana while already under federal indictment in the Eastern District of Texas for carrying out a similar scheme there.
The FBI was the investigative agency in this case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon H. Whitten prosecuted the case.
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