Three indicted on charges of bilking company of $3 million

Three people have been indicted on charges of defrauding a Fort Wayne company of more than $3 million.

Brian Nordan, 42, of Auburn, Dustin Coleman, 42, of Cassopolis, Mich., and Angela Jasinski, 29, of Granger face 13 counts of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne. Nordan was charged in all counts, while Coleman was charged in 3 of the counts and Jaskinski was charged in 2 of the counts.

It is alleged that since March 2006 Nordan was chief marketing officer and general manager of an unnamed Fort Wayne company with authority over the day-to-day operations and access to the company’s accounts and finances. Coleman was Nordan’s domestic partner and eventual spouse, and Jasinski is Nordan’s sister.

According to indictment, between Aug. 8, 2012 and June 1, 2018, Nordan devised a scheme to defraud the company, aided and abetted by Coleman and Jasinski. The loss to the company from the fraudulent scheme totaled $3,038,857.05. The scheme allegedly included “the unauthorized use of company issued credit cards,” “the unauthorized use of company funds to pay personal credit cards”, “the unauthorized use of company funds for claimed reimbursement expenses”, “the unauthorized use of company funds to pay non-business related vendors”, “the unauthorized use of company funds to pay non employees’ wages and benefits”, and “the unauthorized use of company funds which were invested in a tooth paste business.”

To execute the scheme the individuals allegedly caused to be transmitted by means of wire, 13 communications in interstate commerce. The wires involve conduct between May 2017 and May 2018 and include payment from the company’s accounts to pay personal credit card debts, charges at Lowe’s, and payroll payments from the company’s third party payroll vendor to Coleman and Jasinski.

“Employers hire individuals with the understanding that they will be honest and not exploit them for personal financial gain,” U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said in a statement. “When, as alleged in this indictment, individuals do exploit their employers for illegal financial gain, my Office and our law enforcement partners will investigate and prosecute.”

If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


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