Evans Landscaping officials convicted of wire fraud

Evans Landscaping officials convicted of wire fraud
The CEO of Evans Landscaping goes on trial in federal court Tuesday on charges he and others at the company created a fake business to secure contracts for small and minority businesses. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A jury has convicted Evans Landscaping, Inc. and company executives on all counts charged in a fraud case.

The company; the owner of Evans Landscaping, Inc., Doug Evans; and the vice president of operations for Evans Landscaping, Jim Bailey, were convicted of defrauding the City of Cincinnati and other public entities through fraudulent small business contracts.

According to court records, Evans and other employees including Korey Jordan, created a new company called Ergon Site Construction in 2008 to serve as a shell for Evans to secure minority contracts in Cincinnati and Ohio that were worth nearly $2 million.

Ergon’s president and owner, Korey Jordan, had no prior experience in the field but provided IT services for Evans Landscaping.

Jordan performed little work for Ergon and had little, if any, actual control over Ergon’s management, finances and operations. He was not permitted to make certain decisions or take certain actions without Evans’ approval, Attorney Benjamin Glassman said.

Maurice Patterson, former CFO of Evans Landscaping, and Michael Moeller, former manager at Evans Landscaping conspired with others between 2008 and 2014 to create the fake company, according court documents.

The company and both men were convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of wire fraud. They were also convicted of one count of misprision of a felony.

Jordan, Patterson, John Dietrich (former CFO of Evans Landscaping) and Moeller pleaded guilty in relation to this case.

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