Two crooks were charged for a mail fraud conspiracy in Greenville, Tennessee. The two perpetraitors were Donald David Collins and Charles Turner. The District Court deemed both Collins and Turner guilty. They were found guilty of stealing money from Mountain Empire Surgery Center (MESC). They stole millions from MESC through mail fraud.
Collins advised Turner to create a fake business called Turner Distributors. Turner initially thought this would be a legitimate business. He found out later that it was really all a part of Collins’ plan to defraud. After he found about Collins’ shady plan, Turner went along with it anyway.
Through this bogus business, Collins was able to steal money from MESC. He had inside access as the materials manager for MESC. He placed orders for the company from the non-existent Turner Distributors. Collins edited the invoices of other credible distributors to look as though they came from Turner Distributors.
These invoices are the reason why MESC wrote checks to Turner Distributors. The invoices Collins had altered made it seem like Turner Distributors had actually sent supplies to MESC. This is how Collins obtained over $1 million dollars. When MESC wrote checks for the supplies, Collins cashed them and gave a part to Turner. The checks were cashed at the bank account he had set up for Turner Distributors.
The bank accounts show no history of Collins repaying the companies who actually provided the supplies to MESC. He pocketed everything for himself and Turner.
In May of 2018, Collins was sentenced to 51 months in prison and was ordered to pay $1,381,552 in restitution. Turner received six months in prison as a co-conspirator and will also have to pay $1,381,552 in restitution.
Perpetraitor Collins sentenced to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution. Perpetraitor Turner sentenced to 6 months in prison and ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution.