Eunice company’s former IT manager sentenced to 160 months for defrauding employer $2.8 million
LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today that a man from Duson was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud a Eunice pipeline company out of more than $2.8 million.
Richard Walter Borek Jr., 43, of Duson, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of wire fraud. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $2,858,975 restitution. According to the August 9, 2017 guilty plea, Borek worked as the information technology (IT) manager for a Eunice pipeline company from 2012 to 2016. He conducted a scheme where he bought cell phones and electronic tablets using company funds. He then sold them online to another company and kept the money for his own personal use. He also sold web hosting services and computer equipment to the pipeline company through his own company called Statix, even though the web hosting services were being provided by another company and the computer equipment was never delivered to the pipeline company’s office. The loss from the scheme included unauthorized electronics purchases, fraudulent charges from Statix and costs of the investigation total $2,858,975.
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Ayo prosecuted the case.