Former Chick-fil-A employees sentenced for stealing funds | USAO-NDAL
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge today convicted two former Chick-fil-A employees for their role in a conspiracy to defraud their former employer, U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent announced. in charge Patrick M. Davis.
U.S. District Judge Madeline H. Haikala Sentenced Larry James Black, Jr., 37, from Center Point to 30 months in prison. Black pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud in September 2021. Joshua Daniel Powell, 40, of Moody was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Powell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in June 2021. During the time period charged in the indictment, Black and Powell were both administrators of the Chick-fil-A site in the Five Points neighborhood South of Birmingham.
According to the plea agreement, between April 2018 and January 2018, Black and Powell devised and implemented a plan to divert $492,000 in customer payments from Chick-fil-A Five Points and instead direct them to bank accounts under their control. Noir and Powell used these accounts to receive credit card payments from customers destined for Chick-fil-A Five Points. Many of these payments were for catering orders from large customers. To carry out the plan, Black and Powell used fraudulent digital email and payment accounts that mimicked the appearance of official Chick-fil-A accounts. In addition to these fraudulent “Chick-fil-A” accounts, Black and Powell also used a personal email account owned by Powell to intercept virtual credit card payments made on behalf of an additional customer.
In addition to conspiring to defraud Chick-Fil-A Five Points, Black admitted in his plea deal that he provided a fake Social Security number to various financial institutions and executed a scheme to defraud his mortgage lender. In January 2020, Black applied for a mortgage. As part of his loan application, Black falsified payroll records and misrepresented his earnings from the Chick-fil-A franchise. Due to these material misrepresentations, Black was able to obtain a mortgage in the amount of $159,948.00 to finance the purchase of a house in Center Point, Alabama.
The US Secret Service Cyber Fraud Task Force investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Canter prosecuted the case.