INDIANAPOLIS - A contractor and a UPS employee are accused of defrauding the shipping company out of more than $1.2 million over two years.
Mark Gleason, 48, the UPS employee, and Dayton R. Sloan II, 60, of D&S Construction, both of Indianapolis, face federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering.
"Mr. Sloan had done some carpentry work around UPS facilities in the Indianapolis area. Mr. Gleason was the supervisor of the plant facilities, and so they developed a relationship through that work," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Jackson.
The men are accused of setting up a scheme in which D&S Construction would provide services for UPS, but the men would make up fraudulent invoices and pocket the money themselves, prosecutors said.
Gleason and Sloan used the money to buy pre-paid VISA gift cards to pay for $40,000 in vehicles for themselves and their families, $7,000 in jewelry and $3,000 in corrective eye surgery for Gleason, prosecutors said.
"All told, we alledge that he purchased thousands of gift cards using the money stolen from UPS," said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.
The bank where D&S Construction had its corporate account and a seller of the pre-paid gift cards became suspicious of how much money was being spent by Sloan on small denomination gift cards and alerted authorities, prosecutors said.
If convicted, Sloan and Gleason face up to 20 years in federal prison on each count of wire fraud and up to 10 years in federal prison on each count of money laundering.
They could also be ordered to pay full restitution to the shipping company.
"When Hoosiers embrace a culture of corruption, they do more than just violate the trust they have been granted," Hogsett said in a news release. "This type of criminal activity weakens our economy and robs us all of our sense of community."