Judge sentences man in scheme to defraud furniture maker


A federal judge has sentenced a local man to prison for his role in a vendor invoicing scheme against a furniture maker in the region.

Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Kevin John Grimm was sentenced to serve 27 months in federal prison for his role in a plot that defrauded Herman Miller of more than $1.77 million.

Paul Maloney, U.S. District Judge, imposed the sentence.

In addition to the prison term, Grimm was ordered to serve two years of supervised release, pay $458,947.14 in restitution and forfeit an additional $458,947.14 to the government.

The Business Journal previously reported that Grimm pled guilty on March 21 to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

He admitted to conspiring with Spring Lake resident Jerry Akers to devise and execute a scheme to defraud Herman Miller between June 2010 and July 2015 using Grimm’s company, KJ Gas Transportation.

With Akers’s assistance as an employee at the company, Grimm submitted fraudulent invoices for payment for natural gas services he never provided. The fraud scheme generated $1,772,726 in payments to his company.

Before Grimm’s sentencing, Akers and Grimm collectively returned $1,313,779 of the illegal proceeds they obtained during the fraud, with Grimm paying $1,223,779 of that amount.

The case was investigated by the Grand Rapids office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher O’Connor.

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