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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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A former coatings company manager has been indicted on 47 counts of fraud, accused of faking a side business to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer.

A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment April 23 against DeMarco Doxie, 43, of Peachtree City, GA, adding 26 counts of wire fraud relating to theft from his employer, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Doxie, who served as the corporate environmental, health and safety manager for Ennis Paint (currently known as Ennis-Flint), was first indicted last month on 21 counts of mail fraud.

Doxie raked in more than $700,000 from Ennis as a result of the alleged scheme.

Photos: Ennis-Flint

Ennis-Flint is a provider of road marking and pavement surface treatments.  Former manager DeMarco Doxie has been indicted on 47 counts of fraud after allegedly creating a fake company to embezzle large sums of money.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The FBI is investigating the case.

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Ennis manufactures and sells road marking and pavement surface treatments. Doxie worked at the company's Atlanta facility, authorities said.

Sham Company, Fake Work

While employed at Ennis from June 2007 through August 2011, Doxie used a bogus business that he created and owned as his primary way of embezzling large sums of money from Ennis, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated.

Using the fake company—called Outlook Environmental & Safety Solutions LLC—Doxie allegedly created and submitted fictitious invoices for environmental work the company had supposedly performed for Ennis.

Outlook had no actual employees, and Doxie knew the work had not been performed, the Attorney's Office alleged. Ennis did not know that Doxie owned Outlook and "would never had paid the invoices had it known," authorities said.

"While entrusted with an important position in his company, this defendant took advantage of and violated his employer's trust, using his position to embezzle money on a routine basis over a long period of time," said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

"People who brazenly steal from their employers in this manner should expect to be held accountable," Yates said.

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Ennis-Flint has said it had no idea that its employee owned the sham company that billed it for environmental work. The work was never completed. Ennis-Flint manufactures road marking and pavement surface treatments.

The superseding indictment further charges that Doxie also defrauded Ennis by using an American Express corporate card to make payments to Outlook. Ennis Doxie's American Express bill and "would not have approved the payments had it known that Doxie was the true owner of Outlook," authorities said.

Outlook's last listed website and phone number were no longer in service as of Monday. 

Federal court documents stated that Doxie was released from federal prison on a $25,000 bond, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

About Ennis

Last year, Ennis Paint Inc. merged with Flint Trading Inc. Both are portfolio companies of Brazos Private Equity Partners LLC.

Ennis-Flint provides traffic paint, plural components, hot-applied and preformed thermoplastic, raised pavement markers, colorized lanes, and other products.


Tagged categories: Criminal acts; Enforcement; Laws and litigation; Roads/Highways

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