December 7, 2023

An in­mate in Geor­gia has been sen­tenced to sev­en ad­di­tion­al years in prison for run­ning a $3 mil­lion fraud scheme to steal and then re­sell heavy equip­ment from be­hind bars — by pos­ing as an Ab­b­Vie em­ploy­ee us­ing a con­tra­band cell phone.

While serv­ing a 20-year sen­tence for rack­e­teer­ing and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer, Da­mon Thomas Young was found to have giv­en him­self the fake iden­ti­ty of a pur­chas­ing of­fi­cer with Ab­b­Vie named Mor­gan Sylvia and, be­gin­ning in 2019, placed or­ders for more than $2.8 mil­lion worth of heavy con­struc­tion equip­ment.

On the phone, he told ven­dors that Ab­b­Vie was build­ing a new fa­cil­i­ty in Ranger, GA — where he and his fam­i­ly lived — and need­ed wheel load­ers, skid steer load­ers, an ex­ca­va­tor, a hor­i­zon­tal grinder and dump trucks.

The De­part­ment of Jus­tice spells out the next steps of his elab­o­rate plot:

Young com­mu­ni­cat­ed with the equip­ment deal­ers by phone, text, and email from prison. He fraud­u­lent­ly com­plet­ed cred­it ap­pli­ca­tions, pur­chase or­ders, sales con­tracts, and in­sur­ance doc­u­ments and emailed them to the deal­ers as part of the scheme. He al­so emailed a fraud­u­lent Ab­b­Vie cor­po­rate res­o­lu­tion doc­u­ment, pur­port­ed­ly signed by ac­tu­al cor­po­rate of­fi­cers of the com­pa­ny, but in truth…

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