Truck Fleet Manager Faces 200 Years in Prison for Alleged $1.6 MILLION Fraud Scam
Dallas, TX – An ex-fleet manager of more than 300 trucks is facing 200 years in prison for allegedly masterminding a $1.6 million fraud scam that lasted four years.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that Steven Duety, 45, had been indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud.
According to the indictment, from 2015 to 2019, Duety oversaw fleet operations for Dallas-based Builders FirstSource, a publicly-traded construction products manufacturer.
Builders FirstSource operates approximately 550 locations across 40 states with a fleet of more than 300 trucks and 170 drivers.
To carry out his duties, prosecutors said the company gave Duety access to several company credit cards, which he was supposed to use for fleet-related expenses, such as titling, renewing registration, etc.
Instead, Duety allegedly conspired with a relative, identified in court documents as “Person A,” to use the credit cards for personal expenses as well as inventory for their respective candle businesses, including “Steves The Man Candles.”
Court documents allege Duety frequently charged company credit cards for nonexistent transactions via Square or Intuit, causing the payment processors to remit money from Builders FirstSource straight into his or Person A’s bank account.
Further, he and his coconspirators sometimes characterized these transactions as “car repair” or “fundraiser,” when no such things had occurred, prosecutors asserted.
Moreover, Duety allegedly spent the money on cars, dining (including expensive steakhouses), first class airline tickets, luxury hotels, car rentals, furniture, Amazon charges, toys, groceries, landscaping, a Netflix subscription, laser tag, and trips to Hooters, as well as first class airline tickets and kitchen appliances for Person A.
If convicted, he faces up to 200 years, 20 years per count, in federal prison.
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