Lecompte man sentenced 2 years in federal prison for stealing over $100,000 from Alexandria medical services company
United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that William Britt Harvey, 45, of Lecompte, Louisiana, was sentenced Wednesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter to serve two years in federal prison and three years of supervised release following his prison term for stealing over $100,000 from a medical services company.
Judge Walter also ordered Harvey to pay $114,738.77 in restitution. Harvey pled guilty on January 22, 2020, to one count of wire fraud.
William Harvey was employed by LA Imaging (“LAI”), a medical services company based in Alexandria that preformed mobile imaging services throughout the state of Louisiana. Harvey was employed by LAI to maintain and repair x-ray equipment used by LAI in its medical imaging business.
In order to perform his duties, which included purchasing equipment and supplies to maintain LAI’s imaging equipment, Harvey had access to LAI’s credit card and bank account information. Between December 2012 and October 2014, Harvey embezzled company funds from LAI through a scheme in which he illicitly transferred money to himself using numerous PayPal accounts, including accounts under the fictitious names of “Global Imaging” and “CFA.” In order to support his scheme, Harvey presented fake invoices to LAI from Global Imaging and CFA.
While working at LAI, between September 2013 and October 2015, Harvey also defrauded LAI by opening a rival imaging company called Southern Elite Imaging. Through Southern Elite, Harvey contracted with Cenla Occupational Medicine Services and leased older x-ray equipment owned by LAI to Cenla, without LAI’s consent. The x-rays taken with that equipment were then sent to a radiologist for interpretation.
Harvey billed Cenla for the radiologist “read fees” and also collected lease fees from Cenla for LAI’s imaging equipment. Harvey used false invoices and caused LAI to pay the radiologists’ interpretation fees, while keeping the “read fees” and lease equipment fees paid by Cenla for his own personal use.
Harvey's attorney, Mike Small, issued the following statement:
"Mr. Harvey was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration as requested by a federal prosecutor. The defense acknowledged that the offense was one for which prison time could be imposed but suggested that strong mitigating factors favored a sentence of probation.
In deciding on incarceration the presiding judge overruled four defense objections which the prosecutor acknowledged were correct and should have been upheld. I feel this provides a very strong basis for appeal to the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans and that will be our next step. My client remains free on bail."
The United States Secret Service investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.