Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Corruption: Augusta Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Fraud at Funeral and Nursing Homes

U.S. Attorney’s Office 
Southern District of Georgia

AUGUSTA, GA—Bryant Keith Evans Webb, 44, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced on June 27, 2013, by United States District Court Dudley H. Bowen, Jr. to 15 years’ imprisonment based on Webb’s earlier guilty pleas to three counts of bank fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Evidence presented at hearings in this case showed that while working at Peoples Funeral Home (note: Peoples Funeral Home was under different ownership at the time. Webb did not work for the current owner of Peoples Funeral Home.) in Augusta, Georgia. Webb defrauded his employer and deceased individuals’ families of more than $215,000 from insurance policy proceeds and bank accounts. After leaving Peoples Funeral Home, Webb began working at Mother and Daughter Personal Care Home in Augusta, Georgia, where he stole more than $33,000 from disabled nursing home residents, some of whom are veterans.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, “Even though this defendant had an extensive history of financial crimes, he obtained employment that gave him access to some of the most vulnerable victims possible. In those positions of trust, he took advantage of the elderly, the disabled, and grieving families. The lengthy prison sentence in this case protects the community from the defendant’s continued crimes and sends a message that such reprehensible conduct cannot be tolerated.”

Judge Bowen has delayed ordering Webb to pay restitution to the victims of his crimes for 90 days to allow time for anyone who believes that they are a victim of Webb’s crimes to come forward with that information. If you believe you are a victim, please contact:

David M. Stewart
United States Attorney’s Office
P.O. Box 2017
Augusta, Georgia 30903
(706) 724-0517

After he is released from prison, Webb will serve five years of supervised release. Regarding the length of the prison sentence, Tarver noted that there is no parole in the federal system. Investigator Michael Lanham of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Special Agent Paul Kubala conducted the investigation of Webb. Assistant United States Attorney David Stewart prosecuted the case.