Man sentenced guilty in fraud from Missouri company
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri man was sentenced to one year and three months in federal prison for defrauding a Kansas City-based construction company out of $442,000.
Prosecutors said Rodney Tatum, of Branson, was sentenced Thursday and ordered to pay $442,810 in restitution. Prosecutors say he stole the money from Clarkson Construction Company by using the firm's credit card to buy computer and communication equipment, which he resold for personal profit. He pleaded guilty in October to mail fraud.
Tatum worked for Clarkson construction since 1991 and was director of information technology since 2003.
He hid his fraud by bulk purchasing merchandise that could be used for his department and by faking invoice reports.
Prosecutors said he earned $120,000 a year during the fraud scheme but still incurred significant debt.
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