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Fallbrook resident sentenced to prison and restitution of $861,757

SAN DIEGO - A former employee of two large corporations who set up shell companies and billed them more than $800,000 for goods and services not provided was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison.

Brett Bardsley, 43, a former materials/purchasing manager at Koch Membrane Systems and BEI Technology in Vista and San Marcos, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Houston after his convictions for mail fraud and filing a false tax return.

At Koch and BEI, Bardsley had the power to purchase goods and services and enter them as received into inventory, officials said.

According to court documents, Bardsley set up shell companies and billed more than $580,000 for goods and services from Koch that were not provided.

The defendant also embezzled more that $200,000 from BEI, according to the documents.

Additionally, Bardsley, of Fallbrook, admitted that he submitted and signed a tax return for 2005 that included the fact that his taxable income was greater than what he listed in his return.

Bardsley admitted filing the false return to avoid paying taxes on the funds he embezzled from Koch, authorities said.

Between 2004 and 2007, Bardsley failed to report $557,623 in taxable income to the IRS, resulting in a tax loss of $199,034.

The judge ordered the defendant to pay restitution of $861,757.


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