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Third of Nine Individuals Charged in Attempted $17 Million Fraud of DOT Gets Five Years in Jail

Arthur T. Outterbridge, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Camden, NJ to 5 years in jail and ordered to pay over $91,000 in restitution for conspiracy to produce and pass false and fictitious money orders to defraud DOT and other entities of over $17 million. He is the third of nine defendants to be sentenced. While DOT suffered no monetary loss, some creditors were misled into believing that DOT would make good on the fraudulent money orders and lost nearly $92,000. In May 2004, all nine defendants were indicted and the following July, Outterbridge and four others were found guilty of all conspiracy charges and the remaining defendants pled guilty before their cases went to trial. Sentencing for the final six defendants will continue through December 3, 2004. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.