Louisiana man sentenced to 77 months in federal prison for wire fraud

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 77 months in federal prison after defrauding a Baton Rouge company.

According to a news release, Acting United States Attorney Ellison C. Travis announced on Tuesday, June 15 that U.S. Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced the man, 43-year-old Michael J. Kaiser of Krotz Springs, to federal prison for wire fraud.

Additionally, Kaiser has been sentenced to serve three years of supervised release after his release from prison and ordered to pay $53,153 in restitution to Trade Construction Company, LLC (“Trade”) and Motiva Enterprises, LLC.

The news release states that from September 2015 to February 2017, Kaiser defrauded the company by using a company credit card for personal personal purchases, forging signatures of a district judge and deputy clerk, and providing fraudulent invoices for requests for payment from a fake company.

“Betrayal of trust such as this oftentimes threatens the financial integrity of professional businesses. Mr. Kaiser defrauded a company for his own personal benefit and was held accountable by today’s sentence,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Ellison C. Travis. “We will continue to vigorously pursue those who use their trust and skill to steal from others and, more importantly, restore justice to the victims to the best of our ability. I applaud the efforts of our prosecutors and the FBI for their exemplary work in this case.”

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