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Chevy Dealer GM Sentenced to Prison for Embezzling Money

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 2 years in jail and ordered to pay $485,800 in restitution on his conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Douglas A. Grooms, 45.

According to information presented to the court, from June 2008 to September 2013, while employed as the general manager of Community Chevrolet in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Grooms embezzled money from the dealership by writing dealership checks to a fictitious marketing company which he set up solely for the purpose of receiving the checks, resulting in a loss of $485,800 to Community Chevrolet.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Grooms.

Updated July 11, 2016

Financial Fraud