Federal Law Enforcement Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 07, 2009|
BATON ROUGE, LA—The Office of the United States Attorney announced that WILLIAM T. FERRELL, III, age 41, of Gulfport, Mississippi, pled guilty today before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph E. Tyson to a bill of information charging him with theft from a common carrier. FERRELL was a federal law enforcement agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before resigning in connection with this matter.
According to the factual basis in the plea agreement, during the relevant time period, FERRELL was a manager and part owner of Double F Logistics LLC, a company that transported goods across the country as a common carrier. Double F’s main customer was Capital City Produce, Inc. In that position, FERRELL was responsible for overseeing the use of fuel and debit cards available to Double F. The factual basis states that from in or about February 2007, through in or about October 2008, FERRELL used these cards to withdraw approximately $98,235.40 from Double F’s account to pay for expenses unrelated to Double F.
As a result of his guilty plea, FERRELL faces a maximum sentence of a term of imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, or both. The Court may also order FERRELL to pay restitution in accordance with law. Sentencing has not yet been set.
This investigation of this matter was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Corey R. Amundson, who serves as a deputy chief of the Criminal Division.
For further information, contact Lyman Thornton, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, at (225) 389-0443.