Two Men Charged With Wire Fraud Of $4M

COLUMBIA, SC- The United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced the indictment of two men who are accused of conspiring to commit wire fraud.

Aaron Vennefron of Hamilton, Ohio and Philip Thompson of Augusta, Georgia were arrested for that charged and theft of government funds.

The indictment alleges that the two conspired to defraud the government by creating fraudulent invoices for payment of what appeared to be goods needed for work at the Mixed Oxide Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River site, according to the press release.

The goods were never received, the indictment further alleges.

Vennefron and Thompson received over $4 million in payments based on the fraudulent invoices, reports say.

The case was investigated by Special Agents with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The U.S. Attorney state that the charges alleged in the indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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