Man Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud in Case Related to Conviction of Former University Medical Center Vice President Greg Bruce
|U.S. Attorney’s Office July 12, 2013|
LUBBOCK, TX—Rodolfo Reyes Mata, aka Rudy Mata, 40, of San Antonio, Texas, appeared this morning in federal court before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings and pleaded guilty to an information charging one count of mail fraud and aiding abetting. Mata, who will remain on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and restitution. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigative report with a sentencing date to be set upon the completion of that report. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
From November 2010 through September 2011, Mata submitted 15 false and fraudulent invoices to UMC for ATAM Technology Solutions, knowing that the submission of such invoices would cause UMC to pay the invoices by mailing checks to addresses listed. During the scheme, according to plea papers filed in Mata’s case, Mata and his friend, Robert Gregory Bruce, the former vice president of University Medical Center, caused UMC to pay approximately $54,750 to ATAM Technology Solutions for goods and services that were not provided. ATAM Technology Solutions, according to the factual resume filed in the case, was in fact, an alter ego of Mata. Mata used these funds for personal living expenses, educational expenses, and travel and entertainment expenses.
Bruce pleaded guilty last month to a similar offense. In documents filed in Bruce’s case, he admitted that from June 2007 to December 12, 2011, he conspired with Mata to submit false and fraudulent invoices for two companies, B.R. Media Monitoring (an alter ego of Bruce) and ATAM Technology Solutions, knowing that the submission of such invoices would cause UMC to pay the fake invoices. Over the course of the conspiracy, UMC paid approximately $681,908 on invoices for fake companies that did not provide goods or services as described in the invoices. According to plea papers filed, Bruce used these funds, in part, to pay Mata’s personal living expenses, educational expenses, and travel and entertainment expenses.
The cases are being investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda R. Burch is in charge of the prosecutions.