Washington Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on February 2, 2015, United States District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Donald James Wilson of Bothell, Washington, age 44, to a 41 month term of imprisonment, following his conviction for wire fraud. After his release from prison, Wilson will begin a term of supervised release of three years. Wilson was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $605,592.53.
Wilson was a Division Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ConAgra Foods, Inc. Beginning in 2007 and continuing through 2011, Wilson made materially false and fraudulent representations to ConAgra claiming that he was using GTL Enterprises, Inc., a company located in Othello, Washington, and All Out Athletics, located in Marysville, Washington, as vendors to provide promotional trips, activities, and materials to ConAgra’s customers.
Wilson would submit to ConAgra fake GTL Enterprises, Inc. and All Out Athletics invoices for promotional trips, activities, and materials purportedly provided to ConAgra’s customers. ConAgra made payments related to the fake vendor invoices directly to GTL Enterprises, Inc. and All Out Athletics. An owner of GTL Enterprises, Inc. and an employee of All Out Athletics assisted Wilson with the scheme. From at least November, 2007, and continuing through at least November, 2011, Wilson submitted to ConAgra at least twenty-nine (29) fake vendor invoices for payments totaling $605,592.50. Wilson used the monies received from ConAgra for personal expenses unrelated to ConAgra and its customers.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.