2009-06-10 / News

Man sentenced for 40 months in cell phone scheme

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A former employee of the Austinbased American Cancer Society was sentenced to more than three years in prison for a scheme that cost the group more than $850,000.

A federal judge sentenced 50- year-old John Phillip Martin to 40 months in prison on Friday. Martin illegally obtained hundreds of cell phones and charged them to the ACS account. The U.S. Attorney's Office says he then resold them on the Internet and pocketed the proceeds without authorization or knowledge of the organization.

He also sent fake statements to the company's regional headquarters in Oklahoma City to cover up his scheme.

Martin was ordered to pay back all the money he stole.

He pleaded guilty in April to three counts of mail fraud. The scheme went from January 2005 to October 2008.

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