A Fort Mill operations manager for a printing manufacturer faces up to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to a scam to defraud his company of more than $285,000, court documents show.
Robert Eric Fockler, formerly a customer operations manager for Lexmark laser printer manufacturers, signed a plea deal last week and formally pleaded guilty in federal court late Tuesday, federal documents show.
The scheme involved invoices sent to a company set up at Fockler’s request to receive the invoices for work Fockler claimed to have done but never did, indictments show.
The invoices would then be sent to yet another company, from which fees were taken by both companies, and Fockler kept the balance, the charges allege.
Fockler took Lexmark for $229,000, according to the indictments, then made false claims for expenses on his corporate credit cards for more than $56,000. The scheme went on from 2008 to 2013, indictments allege.
Fockler faced several indictments and as much as 20 years in prison if convicted, but under the deal signed last week pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud. Fockler has to pay back $285,437, which the plea agreement states is the amount traceable to the scam, court documents show.
Fockler has to give up to the government the money from the sale of his Fort Mill home, which York County tax records show is valued at $352,000, according to the plea agreement.