Jacksonville, Florida – Richard Everett Camp, Jr. has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the conspiracy to commit wire fraud offense and for the conspiracy to commit mail fraud offense. He faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment for the conspiracy to commit money laundering offense. A sentencing date has not yet been set. As part of the agreement, the court has ordered restitution to Swisher International, Inc., and the forfeiture of three pieces of real property, two vehicles, and more than $250,000.
According to the plea agreement, Camp and his co-conspirators stole approximately $5.7 million from Swisher International, Inc. and its sister company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), which are both headquartered in Jacksonville. Camp and his co-conspirators used two different schemes to acquire the funds. In a wire fraud scheme, the co-conspirators diverted to Camp’s personal bank accounts federal tobacco excise tax refunds that were owed to Swisher. In the mail fraud scheme, the conspirators caused fraudulent invoices to be submitted to Swisher and EAS for services that were never rendered. One of the co-conspirators was an employee of Swisher at the time and vouched for the accuracy of the invoices and payments to be made.
During the money laundering scheme, Camp and a co-conspirator engaged in monetary transactions of criminal proceeds from the mail fraud scheme. They deposited funds into accounts of one of the companies claiming to have rendered services, and then transferred the funds to Camp’s personal accounts from which he purchased real property and numerous other items, including vehicles and jewelry.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Special Prosecution Division, State Attorney’s Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Frank Talbot and Bonnie Glober.