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…