Columbia, SC – Monday, United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that former a Augusta moving company manager has been convicted of Mail Fraud.
Nettles says, 45-year-old Ronald James Niemi Jr., of Wesley Chapel, Florida will be sentenced at a later date.
Niemi managed the Augusta Covan World Wide Moving, Inc. location from 2009 through 2011.
Niemi’s trial lasted 5 days and concluded Monday, according to Nettles. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., of Columbia presided over the trial and will be the one who sentences Niemi.
Covan reportedly packs and moves soldiers when they are transferred from one base to another. Covan is paid according to the weight of the household goods moved.
Niemi was convicted of falsifying certificates indicating the net weight of the household goods was higher than it actually was, causing the United States to pay more to move soldiers than it should have. At trial, the U.S. Government demonstrated forty instances when this took place.
Nettles stated the maximum penalty for Mail Fraud is imprisonment for 20 years and/or a fine of $250,000.
The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Winston Holliday and Ben Garner of the Columbia office are prosecuting the case.