Former Vermont man sentenced in embezzlement scheme
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A former Quechee, Vermont, man was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud in a scheme to embezzle $1.2 million from payroll clients, federal prosecutors said.
Ryan Wall, 42, who now lives in Florida, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Rutland in 2019 on charges of wire fraud and possessing firearms as an unlawful user of narcotics.
Wall was the only employee of TSBS Payroll, a payroll processing business in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, that provided services to 35 people, businesses and nonprofits in Vermont and New Hampshire. TSBS received regular funds from clients to provide payroll checks to workers and tax withholdings to be paid to state and federal tax authorities, prosecutors said.
From March 2012 to September 2018, Wall misappropriated part of the money that was supposed to go toward tax withholding by issuing payroll checks to himself and hundreds of checks to a third party who helped get him illegal prescription opiates, heroin and crack cocaine, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Most of the money was used to buy drugs, prosecutors said.
Some of the victims suffered bankruptcy, loss of business or delayed retirement, the U.S. attorney’s office said. A phone message was left with Wall’s public defender, David McColgin.
The judge ordered Wall to serve two years supervised release after his prison term and to pay back 18 victims a total of $470,000.