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A White Oak man pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud after prosecutors say he submitted inflated invoices to his employer and gave the extra money --- more than $376,000 --- to his girlfriend.
Anthony A. Aubrey, 50, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer in Pittsburgh, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said today.
Aubrey will be sentenced on June 29, a court spokeswoman said.
Prosecutors say that Aubrey was a trade show manager for Philips Home Healthcare Solutions and was responsible for setting up venues and hiring caterers and other vendors.
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges that Aubrey developed a "romantic" relationship with one of the vendors, and that he began to request additional payments for her, for services she did not perform, or for which she'd already been paid.
They claim Aubrey created fraudulent invoices on his company laptop to support the payments and asked checks to be sent by overnight delivery. One of those overnighted checks forms the basis for the mail fraud charge, Hickton's office said.
When an audit revealed discrepancies totaling $376,603 and Aubrey was questioned, he admitted what he had done and cooperated fully.
The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nelson P. Cohen is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to Aubrey's prosecution, Hickton's spokeswoman said.
Originally published March 30, 2016.