Man used fake reports to get more than $1M

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 1, 2008


A 46-year-old Wesley Chapel man pleaded guilty Friday to taking almost $1.2-million from his employer by submitting false expense reports.

Starting in 2001, David Alan Smith, former facilities manager for Quest Diagnostics Inc. in Tampa, invented fake companies and billed Quest for expenses these companies supposedly incurred on behalf of the company, according to U.S. attorney spokesman Steve Cole.

One such "shell" company, called Environmental Tech, had an address that would have placed it on an on-ramp to the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway. Another had a post office box opened by Smith. Smith forged signatures of his supervisors on expense reports, Cole said.

Smith is charged with three counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum penalty of 124 years imprisonment, a $20.9-million fine, 18 years supervised release and a special assessment of $800, Cole said.