FRAUDULENT SCHEMES ($150,000 with Prior Conviction) NOT CHARGED – State v. Mr. W (DMC No. 6732) (Tempe Police Department and Meridian Bank Investigated): Mr. W worked for an air conditioning company in which he was the controller. Over the course of 3 years he wrote numerous checks to himself for an amount of $150,000. When his fraud was discovered, it was reported to the Tempe Police Department and to the air conditioning company’s bank. Mr. W contacted us, and we immediately began having negotiations with the air conditioning company. Because their main concern was to recoup their money, they agreed to release and waive all claims if they received full restitution in a short period of time. We also negotiated with the Detective and reached an agreement that if the monies were paid back pursuant to a waiver and release of all claims (which we drafted), then he would not file charges. This was accomplished and all monies were paid back. Although Mr. W had a prior for Fraudulent Schemes several years earlier, because of the amount of money taken he would have been facing well over 10 years of mandatory prison time if he had been charged and convicted.