A Hawaii Man Sentenced For Wire Fraud
A Hawaii man, formerly of Rowley Massachusetts, was sentenced today to six months in prison and three years of supervised release for wire fraud.
According to a press release provided by the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that 47-year old Jonathan F. Cowles was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Jon D. Levy to six months in prison and three years of supervised release for wire fraud.
Cowles plead guilty to the charges on January 22 and was court ordered to pay $359,784.90 in restitution.
According to court records and evidence, between March and June 2014, the defendant used interstate wires to skim about $25,000 in unauthorized commissions from his employer, Maine Coast Shellfish, LLC, doing business as Maine Coast, a lobster wholesaler located in York, Maine.
As part of his fraudulent scheme, he also caused Maine Coast to ship about 50,000 lbs. of lobster worth $359,784.90 to a customer in China whose true identity he concealed and for which Maine Coast was not paid.