Investigators Max A. Hansen and Eric Winberg conducted an internal theft and fraud investigation for the Alabama Farmers Cooperative in Decatur, AL, uncovering  an organized ring responsible for ongoing thefts over a several year period. BLI turned over investigative findings to federal authorities, and a federal grand jury Wednesday indicted four employees for making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Employee Theft Investigation in Decatur Alabama

Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, of the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham, the men were charged with falsifying certifications of harvest load weights from August 2009 to March 2013. They face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Read news coverage from Al Whitaker at WHNT News 19.

If you suspect that your employees are stealing or engaging in fraudulent or illegal activities, contact one of our private investigators. Don’t try to conduct any sort of undercover operation yourself; there are guidelines and procedures that need to be followed. Our private investigators, fraud examiners and other experts will help you document facts and collect evidence in a way that is both effective and legal.