Scam Invoice Suspect Arrested & Indicted
Suspect allegedly been scamming businesses since 2008
After years of warnings and clarifications, AGC of America is happy to announce that authorities have arrested a suspect who allegedly scammed some of our members with phony fax invoices. Unfortunately, it appears to have been quite profitable for him, until now. According to the Boston Business Journal, a grand jury has indicted Darren Stokes, 41, accused of using phony invoices to scam businesses across the country out of about $150,000.
“[Stokes] allegedly began sending invoices for annual dues and other fees to businesses in 2008. He would send the invoices, which purported to come from business and trade associations, by fax. He faces seven counts of wire fraud and eight counts of mail fraud. He was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. He was indicted last week at U.S. District Court in Boston,” the journal reported.
For an example of the faxes sent to AGC members, click here. You may also link to the full Boston Business Journal article about it and a press release from the U.S. Attorneys’ Office. For more information please contact Elisa Brewer Pratt at email@example.com.