Sylacauga businessman pleads guilty to fraud
by Bill Kimber
Jan 15, 2014 | 4905 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BIRMINGHAM – Sylacauga businessman Frank Lewis Conn pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance announced.

Conn, 49, will be sentenced May 28 after changing his plea to guilty before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre.

According to the October indictment against Conn, he devised a scheme to defraud the TVA of $72,000 by submitting fraudulently inflated invoices for removing vegetation from power lines and other TVA property between February 2009 and October 2009. During that time, Conn was an owner and manager of Conn Equipment Rental Company, which was doing business as Vegetation Management Services.

The TVA Office of the Inspector General investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney David Estes is prosecuting.

Conn was initially indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, accused of padding invoices by $152,712.

The indictment alleged Conn submitted false invoices by inflating the hours that equipment was actually being used.

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