In Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, many people rely on the services of other people to run their business. One service that a business needs is a very effective marketing and advertising strategy. In an effort to curb costs, a business owner may seek the help of a local advertising consultant.
One such media consultant, a 51-year-old man, is facing multiple federal charges after allegedly deceiving clients with false advertising expenses. A federal grand jury charged the man with six counts of money laundering and five counts of wire fraud. The jury accused the man, who owns his own advertising firm that catered to different car dealerships in Louisiana, of overbilling clients by submitting false advertising expenses from January 2009 to July 2012.
According to the allegations, the man justified the promotional expenses as his services. Once the dealership paid the allegedly false expenses, the man would allegedly divert the payments to his personal bank accounts. In all, the dealerships issued 129 checks, which totaled approximately $1.14 million for advertising services that, allegedly, they did not receive.
Each bank fraud charge carries a potential of 30 years in jail and up to ten years for the money laundering charge. Additionally, if the man is convicted, he may pay a fine of $2.75 million and be subjected to police supervision for five years. The indictment also seeks to forfeit properties he obtained from the questionable transactions.
Being involved in a fraud case — whether guilty or not — could possibly ruin the accused’s reputation and also affect his personal and professional lives in another ways. A Louisiana resident facing charges should work on preparing a strong defense to prove their innocence in a court of law.
Source: The Times-Picayune, “Mandeville media consultant accused of bilking clients now faces federal charges in Baton Rouge,” Heather Nolan, Aug. 15, 2013