James Day Burke, a bookkeeper with Rustex Inc, has been charged with using company credit cards for his own personal use. He was employed at the company from 2010 through August 2018. The fraud allegedly took place throughout the whole of that time.
Rustex is a small oilfield services company involved in the construction and maintenance of natural gas plants. It is based in Bryan, TX. It used Quickbooks for its accounting records.
Mr Burke charged expenses to the company credit cards and was responsible for paying the credit card issuers from the company bank account.
The information charge sheet alleges that Mr Burke stole $855,872.43 from Rustex. However, only one specific instance is identified in the information sheet, namely a $1,954 dental bill in August 2015.
If convicted, Mr Burke faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 maximum fine.