SC men plead guilty in Sprint-Nextel fraud

08/11/2014 4:07 PM

08/11/2014 4:10 PM

Two Horry County men will be sentenced in December for their roles in a billing fraud scheme that cost the Sprint-Nextel wireless company about $6.4 million.

Darrell Doyle, 50, and Jason Boyd, 37, pleaded guilty earlier this month to wire fraud charges that could put them in prison for up to 20 years each. Doyle also pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Both men are free on bond pending their sentencing hearings.

A third co-defendant, Ruth Sauceda, 56, jumped to her death from a San Antonio, Texas, parking garage in May when she learned that she was about to be indicted.

The case is being heard in federal court in San Antonio because that is where the fraud was based.

According to an indictment, Doyle is the owner of Waccamaw Wireless LLC and Boyd -- who is Doyle’s nephew -- owns AAA Communications. Both businesses, located in Horry County, sell two-way radio equipment.

Prosecutors say Doyle and Boyd conspired with Sauceda, a long-time Sprint employee who worked in the company’s San Antonio office. According to an indictment, Sauceda created fraudulent purchase orders and invoices depicting purchases purportedly made from Waccamaw Wireless and AAA Communications. Sauceda then would submit the purchase orders to the Sprint’s accounts payable department in Reston, Va., and that department would wire payments to Doyle and Boyd.

After the payments were received, Doyle and Boyd would mail kickback checks to Sauceda, according to an indictment.

Prosecutors say the scheme took place between August 2006 and September 2013.

Prosecutors also have seized several luxury automobiles and other property, including a Belize home in the La Casa Pura Vida development, that allegedly was purchased with the fraud proceeds.

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