Former Controller for Washington, D.C. Law Firm Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Theft of More Than $960,000
WASHINGTON—Marc England, 45, was sentenced today to 20 months in prison on a federal charge stemming from his theft of over $960,000 from a Washington, D.C. law firm, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
England, of Covington, La., pled guilty in September 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to one count of wire fraud. He was sentenced by the Honorable Tanya S. Chutkan. Upon completion of his prison term, England will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also was ordered to pay $652,641 in restitution; the firm had earlier received over $308,000 in restitution.
According to the government’s evidence, England worked at a small law firm in Washington, D.C., that is identified in court documents as “Company A.” He was the company’s controller. Beginning in August 2008, England began sending wire payments from the law firm’s bank account directly to various credit card accounts that he himself held. For some of the unauthorized transactions, England used the firm’s electronic accounts system to create fraudulent invoices appearing on their face to justify his unauthorized debits. Over the course of a four-year period, England caused the firm to execute 126 separate interstate wire transfers of monies from the firm’s checking account to various accounts held by England.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen and Assistant Director in Charge McCabe commended the work of those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office. They also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Donna Galindo, Corinne Kleinman, and Angela Lawrence; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Catherine K. Connelly and Arvind K. Lal, who handled forfeiture issues, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard DiZinno, who investigated and prosecuted the matter.