Once again, fraud does not pay; a lesson that one man is learning the hard way.
Marlon Louis Danner, owner of two Minnesota trucking companies (Danner Inc. and Bull Dog Leasing Inc.) developed a clever scheme to rob his employees out of getting money owed to them by MnDOT. Little did he realize that he would be caught not long after.
Danner was forced to distribute $185,000 to 27 of his drivers after he was found to have underpaid them for a project they were working on between the years 2008 and 2009.
In order to prove that he did pay the drivers back, Danner sent the checks to MnDOT, who then mailed them to the drivers in March.
Prior to receiving the checks, numerous drivers received a phone call from Danner saying that there had been a mistake (they were not underpaid), and therefore, had to give the checks back.
Danner accepted over $120,000 worth the returned checks from March-May, providing phony receipts for fuel, repairs, etc. to cover up his scheme (http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/St.-Paul-Truck-Company-Owner-Faces-205-Years-in-Jail-dec-22-2010).
According to myfoxtwincities.com, Danner now stands trial awaiting the verdict on “six counts of wire fraud, four counts of mail fraud and one count of making a false statement,” which could result in 205 years in jail.