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Two Cape Coral Men Accused of Defrauding their Employer Arrested

6/1/2007
 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement announces the arrest of two Cape Coral residents accused of defrauding their employer of more than $200,000. John Robert Smith, 41, was arrested by FDLE special agents this morning and Andrew Barry Pollard, 41, turned himself into authorities on Wednesday night.

Smith is charged with one count scheme to defraud over $100,000, a first-degree felony, one count grand theft over $100,000, a first-degree felony, and one count conspiracy to commit grand theft, a third-degree felony.

Pollard is charged with one count scheme to defraud over $100,000, a first-degree felony, one count grand theft less than $100,000, a second-degree felony, and one count conspiracy to commit grand theft, a third-degree felony.

Smith and Pollard worked for the Southwest Florida Division of the Hill-York Service Corporation, a privately owned air conditioner company which has its headquarters in Broward County. During the time they were employed it is alleged that Smith, the vice president of West Coast Operations, and Pollard, his associate, contracted with Kelly Cavitt Homes/HKH Construction to build two homes in the La Vida Homes section of Cape Coral and charged significant personal construction costs to Hill-York. Smith and Pollard were able to charge these costs to the company by falsifying work orders and invoices to indicate Hill-York owed money to the subcontractors for work performed on legitimate Hill-York contracts.

Smith and Pollard allegedly deceived subcontractors into submitting false invoices to Hill-York for payment to the subcontractor under the guise of such projects as excavation at Pelican and Skyline Elementary Schools for the Lee County School Board, air conditioning at a local YMCA, and air conditioning at the Murdock Family Health Center. These payments were made by Hill-York, but in reality Hill-York was paying for items such as fill dirt at Smith's home, trees to be planted at Smith and Pollard's homes, and an expensive custom kitchen range in Pollard's home.

Both men will be prosecuted by Attorney General Bill McCollum's Office of Statewide Prosecution.

For more information, contact:
Sandi Copes
Press Secretary
Office of the Attorney General
850-245-0150

Trena Reddick
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Fort Myers
(813) 878-7239 or 878-7300