Former Ennis Paint Employee Charged with Embezzling More Than $700,000
|U.S. Attorney’s Office April 24, 2013|
ATLANTA—Late Tuesday, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against DeMarco Doxie, adding 26 counts of wire fraud relating to theft from his former employer. He was first indicted last month on 21 counts of mail fraud.
“While entrusted with an important position in his company, this defendant took advantage of and violated his employer’s trust, using his position to embezzle money on a routine basis over a long period of time,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “People who brazenly steal from their employers in this manner should expect to be held accountable.”
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court: Doxie, 43, of Peachtree City, Georgia, served as the corporate environmental health and safety manager for Ennis Paint (currently known as Ennis-Flint). Ennis, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, manufactures and sells a variety of road marking and pavement surface treatments. Doxie worked at a facility Ennis maintains in Atlanta.
During more than four years of his employment, from June 2007 through August 2011, Doxie used Outlook Environmental & Safety Solutions LLC—a sham business that he created and owned—as his main vehicle to systematically embezzle large sums of money from Ennis. Beginning in June 2007, Doxie created and submitted fictitious invoices for environmental work that Outlook had supposedly performed for Ennis. Doxie knew the work had not been performed and that there were no Outlook employees. Ennis was never informed that Doxie was the actual owner of Outlook and would never have paid the invoices had it known.
The superseding indictment further charges that Doxie also defrauded Ennis by using an American Express Corporate Card issued by Ennis that was supposed to be used for Ennis’ expenses. Doxie used the American Express company credit card to make payments to Outlook, even though Outlook had not performed any work for Ennis. Ennis paid the monthly bill on Doxie’s Corporate American Express card. Ennis would not have approved the payments had it known that Doxie was the true owner of Outlook.
In total, Doxie received more than $700,000 from Ennis as a result of his fraud schemes.
The indictment charges 21 counts of mail fraud and 26 counts of wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentence, the court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.
This case is being investigated by special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Glenn D. Baker is prosecuting the case.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Information Office at USAGAN.Pressemails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.