Former Alcoa employee accused of defrauding company of over $1 million
May 20, 2014 at 12:20 a.m.
A former Alcoa employee is charged with defrauding the company of more than $1 million.
A federal grand jury in Victoria indicted Jack Kennedy, 55, now of Houston, on May 14 on three counts of wire fraud and six counts of mail fraud.
U.S. Magistrate Jason B. Libby in Corpus Christi unsealed the indictment Tuesday. Kennedy was arrested Monday.
From as early as 2008 to November 2011, Kennedy, working in Alcoa World Alumina's machine shop in Point Comfort, ordered large quantities of unnecessary, small and expensive parts, tools and supplies, according to the indictment.
Then Kennedy, who was responsible for inventory, would use an Alcoa fax machine to send a list of items for sale to Ecko Tool Supply, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., according to the indictment.
Kennedy shipped the items from an Office Depot in Victoria. Ecko Tool Supply then sent checks totaling more than $647,000 to Kennedy's Victoria home during this period.
Alcoa spokeswoman Laurel Cahill late Tuesday declined to comment because it's an on-going case.
Mary Montoya, of Corpus Christi, was appointed to represent Kennedy but could not be reached for comment after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Jack Haynes Kennedy, who is the same age, was convicted in Victoria County in 2007 of insurance fraud between $1,500 and $20,000.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation and 120 hours of community service.
A judge also ordered him to pay more than $14,383 in restitution, according to court records.
The FBI investigated this most recent case.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey D. Preston and Hugo R. Martinez are prosecuting the case, according to a news release.
Alcoa creates aluminum and other alumina-based chemicals at its Calhoun County plant, which opened in 1948, according to its website.