A Katy woman, Angelica Garcia-Dunn, has pleaded guilty to defrauding BP. Ms. Garcia-Dunn was the founder and CEO of Aim Global Logistics, a freight forwarding and logistics company.
She contracted with BP to act as an escrow agent in which she would make payments on BP’s behalf to BP’s railcar lessors and repair vendors. Between July 2018 and September 2019, BP made payments totaling $2,282,148.53 that Ms. Garcia-Dunn was supposed to use to pay the BP vendors. Instead she diverted the money to either pay other business obligations or to her own personal account.
Most of the money diverted was used to pay business creditors. However, Ms. Garcia-Dunn transferred at least $80,000 to her personal bank account.
The scheme went undetected for so long because Ms. Garcia-Dunn used later payments from BP to pay earlier vendor invoices that had not been paid due to the misappropriation of BP funds. As an accounting fraud, this is known as ‘Teeming and Lading’.
Sentencing is set for September 30. At that time, Ms. Garcia-Dunn faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. She will remain on bond pending that hearing.