Florida Man Found Guilty for Defrauding 12-Volt Distributor

May 8, 2017

A federal jury convicted a 30-year-old St. Johns County, Florida man who was the mastermind behind a conspiracy and wire fraud scheme that cost an Ohio company millions of dollars while he was employed as their information technology director, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Justin Pennington was found guilty of conspiracy and nine counts of wire fraud and faces up to 20 years on each count, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was ordered to repay about $5 million in restitution. Prosecutors said Pennington and others created a fraudulent company incorporated in Delaware while he was working for The Wholesale House, which has a warehouse in Jacksonville. He and his co-conspirators purchased products from The Wholesale House and then re-sold the items to consumers and retailers.

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