Andy Bishop, 45, of Katy, has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2 million from his employer, Independent Professional Management (IPM), a staffing and asset management company, based in west Houston.
The company started in 1992 and Bishop joined in 1998. According to the company’s website ‘Andy Bishop joined the team, not knowing he would eventually become the Super Star operations guru that everyone relies on to keep things running on a daily basis.’ His title was VP of Resource Management.
As stated in the criminal charges, Bishop was in charge of preparing the ‘Borrowing Base Report’ to Gulf Coast Bank. This was used to fund the operations of the company. In the example in the charge sheet, Bishop stated that IBM had $3,888,237 in accounts receivables, when in fact the company only had $2,822,065 in receivables. That allowed IPM to borrow more money than the company was truly entitled to.
According to the press release from the US Attorney’s Office, Bishop created fake vendor accounts and diverted the ‘excess’ cash to pay these vendors. Over a span of six years, Bishop stole approximately $2.1 million. These details are not included in the criminal charges filed.
The owners of the company discovered the fraud in August 2019.
Bishop will face sentencing on Jan 5, 2021. At that time, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
Last week, in another case involving a trusted, long-standing employee, James Camp was sentenced to four years for stealing $10 million over a 19-year period from Lubrizol in Deer Park.
[Note that the press release issued by the US Attorney’s Office incorrectly refers to the employer as International Professional Management].