NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 3, 2019 –Randall Griffin, 46, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was sentenced today to 27 months in federal prison, for operating an embezzlement scheme, during which he stole more than $1 million from his former employer, Lasko Products, LLC., announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Griffin was charged in October 2018 with mail fraud, after an investigation determined that he had embezzled $1,006,293.58 through a scheme that began in 2009 and continued until August 2017, while he was employed as a maintenance technician for Lasko Products, a home appliance manufacturing and distribution company located in Franklin, Tennessee. Griffin pleaded guilty in November 2018.
According to the court documents, Griffin carried out the scheme by creating and falsifying purchase orders and invoices for equipment parts, causing Lasko checks to be sent to a series of post office boxes that he opened under various false business names. Griffin created fake business names that closely resembled legitimate vendors with whom Lasko conducted business. Griffin also created bank accounts for each business and ultimately deposited the funds sent to these accounts into his personal bank account.
In sentencing Griffin, U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson noted the seriousness of the offense and that Griffin deserved a long term of incarceration. Judge Richardson also remarked that this sentence should serve as a deterrent to others.
This case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Beth Myers.