D’Costa pleads guilty to fraud

COLUMBUS – After pleading guilty to fraud and swindling charges in U.S. District Court on April 2, the former superintendent of the Little Hocking Service Center is awaiting sentencing.

According to a bill of information filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, eastern division, based in Columbus, Jeffrie D’Costa schemed to take more than $550,000 from the company.

D’Costa was the superintendent of the service center in Washington County operated by DuPont through its Integrated Operations Division.

UTI Inc., operated through a subsidiary UTI Integrated Logistics Inc., is an industrial polymers and performance polymers packaging facility at the Little Hocking Service Center on behalf of DuPont.

In the information, federal prosecutors said D’Costa directed an employee working as the purchasing agent for UTI to identify costs to be approved by D’Costa for payment to DuPont. He directed the purchasing agent to purchase American Express gift cards in denominations from $25 to $3,000, said the charges.

D’Costa allegedly approved the purchases for payment by DuPont. Prosecutors said D’Costa was aware the purchases were not authorized.

Between July 2009 and July 2012, D’Costa purchased cards with a face value between more than $17,000 to a little more than $4,000, officials said.

D’Costa used more than one of the cards to make purchases for his own purposes for home improvements, furniture, an ATV, water softener, airline tickets, tennis lessons, men’s clothing, groceries, gasoline and other items, according to the charges. He also allegedly used them for expenditures at the casino at the Greenbrier Resort near Lewisburg.

In addition, D’Costa directed the purchasing agent to pay invoices from Indoran Partners LLC that purported to be billing UTI for equipment storage and logistics but the invoices were fraudulent, charges state.

Indoran LLC was a corporation organized by D’Costa and another individual.

Prosecutors said the six invoices were for $5,500 each and were submitted between Jan. 23, 2012 and June 15, 2012. He allegedly converted and used the proceeds of the checks for his own purposes.

On Nov. 7, 2011, D’Costa knowingly and willfully caused American Express to deposit and send by a private and interstate courier gift cards to UTI Integrated Logistics offices at 251 Arrowhead Road, Little Hocking, Ohio, charges state. Prosecutors said the gift cards were in various denominations with a total value of $15,400.

D’Costa entered a plea agreement to plead guilty on April 2 in Columbus. Details of the plea agreement have not been released and a sentencing date has not been set.