(KMOV) – A former Florida resident has pleaded guilty to defrauding a St. Louis area company.
Thomas Roman, 39, formerly of Miami and now a resident of Merida, Venezuela, sent two pieces of heavy equipment from Miami to Venezuela without notifying the company or fully paying for the equipment. The equipment came from Sunnen Products Company of Maplewood, Mo.
Court documents show Roman bought two pieces of heavy equipment seperately in April and May 2004 and had them shipped to his father’s address in Miami. Under the terms of the agreements with Sunnen, Roman was to make monthly payments for each starting after delivery.
Roman shipped both pieces of equipment to a machine shop business in Venezuela in August 2004 and stopped making monthly payments then.
In his guilty plea, Roman agrees that he will be subject to an order of restitution for the full amount on Sunnen's loss - approximately $61,000. He now faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. Sentencing has been set for September 9, 2010.