Defrauding ADT and Verizon results in 15-year sentence

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01/19/2011

Saw this story published today by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal about the consequences a South Carolina man now faces after trying to hoodwink ADT and a wireless provider:

“SPARTANBURG, S.C.–A Woodruff man received a 15-year prison sentence and five years probation Tuesday after admitting he bilked two nationally known companies out of equipment valued at more than $265,000.

Richard E. Lyons, 26, pleaded guilty to seven counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

Circuit Judge Derham Cole's sentence includes $237,000 in restitution, according to the 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

Between Aug. 13, 2009, and April 5, Lyons ordered equipment from ADT Home Security and Verizon Wireless, authorities said.

The property, which ranged in value from $2,000 to more than $91,000, was delivered to addresses in Woodruff. Lyons attempted to pay for some of the deliveries with fraudulent checks. He represented himself to be affiliated with two companies at various points.

ADT reported the crime to Woodruff police in May. During their probe, police recovered about $30,000 worth of stolen property. When he was arrested in July, Lyons attempted to explain his actions in a two-page written police statement. In court on Tuesday, Lyons told Judge Cole he committed the crimes to support his drug habit.”