Local Business Owner Sentenced on Mail Fraud Charges
Jamie Carl Graham, a former project manager at Breakell Inc., was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,290,624 in restitution on charges of mail fraud. Graham, 33, received his sentence in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.
While working at Breakell, Graham admitted to diverting labor and materials from his employer’s projects to other projects for his own personal benefit. In order to hide the costs from Breakell, Graham forged change orders and miscoded expenses to and from various projects. Prosecutors believe the mail fraud scam involved up to $1 million in diverted funds.
“Mr. Graham stole materials and labor from his employer for his own benefit, and the benefit of his friends and other area business owners,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said.
Federal mail fraud was charged because the United States Postal Service and commercial carriers were used for delivery of the materials and to send payments “to subcontractors for labor that Graham wrongfully diverted.”
Breakell Inc. halted operations late last year and will not be restarted.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Giorno and Daniel Bubar prosecuted the case.