11 / 06 / 2019
  - 02:48:10 PM
Rhode Island Man Sentenced

By MyFM's Rick Michaels - A Rhode Island man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with a scheme to embezzle over $1 million from a Bellingham company.  35-year old Michael Tran of Woonsocket, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay forfeiture and restitution,  each in the amount of almost $1.3 million.  In August, Tran pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five counts of wire fraud….as he and a co-conspirator,  who worked as a product manager for a Bellingham manufacturing company, worked together to embezzle millions of dollars from the company…by telling the company owners that they were purchasing equipment for the company using a PayPal account, which was linked to the company’s credit cards. Instead of making legitimate equipment purchases,they withdrew the money in cash and used it to pay for personal expenses. Tran concealed the fraud by adjusting the names settings in Tran’s PayPal account to make it appear on account statements as if the payments were submitted to legitimate vendors.

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