First of Nine Individuals Charged in Attempted $17 Million Fraud of DOT Gets Seven Years in Jail
Robert McCurdy was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Camden, NJ to seven years imprisonment, five years supervised release, and $91,977 in restitution for his part in a scheme to defraud DOT and other entities of $17 million. A May 2004 indictment charged McCurdy and eight other individuals with conspiracy to produce and pass false and fictitious money orders. DOT suffered no monetary loss, but some creditors accepting the money orders lost about $91,977. In July 2004, McCurdy and four others were found guilty of all conspiracy charges under the indictment; the remaining four individuals pled guilty before their cases went to trial. Sentencing for the eight defendants other than McCurdy will proceed between late October and December 2004. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI and U.S. Secret Service.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the government, all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.