Randolph County Resident Sentenced for Government Energy Saving Program Fraud
GREENSBORO, NC—United States Attorney Ripley Rand of the Middle District of North Carolina announced today that Lisa Turner Wright, 51, of Franklinville, North Carolina, was sentenced to a 12 month prison term by the Honorable Catherine C. Eagles in federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina, on June 30, 2014.
Wright pleaded guilty to conspiring with Tiffanie Annette Wilson in a scheme to defraud a federally funded program designed to help low income North Carolinians save energy and reduce utility costs by making homes more energy efficient. Wilson was the weatherization director for Regional Consolidated Services (RCS), a nonprofit organization in Asheboro, North Carolina, which administered the energy program. Wilson awarded RCS contracts under the program to Wright’s company, New Age Concepts (NAC), and Wright paid money to Wilson once RCS paid program funds to NAC.
Lisa Turner Wright was also ordered to pay restitution of $324,651 and to serve three years of supervised release after completing her sentence. Tiffanie Annette Wilson, 39, of Randleman, North Carolina, was previously sentenced on March 11, 2014, to 24 months’ imprisonment for her involvement in the scheme.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Energy/Office of Inspector General, and the State Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Hamilton.