It is with much appreciation and gratitude to a source who tipped VRS Justice to two potential VRS Fraud defendants. After researching this tip, it was found to be credible.
Samuel Hawk and Bryce Chapman of Hawk Relay
Both men have been indicted of several counts of engaging in VRS Fraud. The counts are as follows:
Count 1: Conspiracy (18 U.S.C. § 1349)
Counts 2-4: Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 981 and 28 U.S.C. § 2461)
Forfeiture Notice (18 U.S.C § 981 and 28 U.S.C. § 2461)
The defendants were indicted on March 13, 2014. Mr. Hawk was arrested on March 19, 2014 according to PACER. Both defendants were assigned public defenders end of March 2014.
On April 15, 2014, Mr. Chapman pled guilty to all counts for which he was charged for. Mr. Hawk followed suit pleading guilty to all charges levied against him on May 28, 2014.
On December 17, 2014, the Honorable Judge Pisano handed down Mr. Chapman’s sentence for Count 4 only, and dismissing the other counts. The sentence: 3 years of probation with standard conditions, pay a restitution of $18,987,188.99 ($18.9 million), and pay a $100 special assessment fee immediately.
This meant that Mr. Chapman has the dubious honor of holding the second largest restitution ever levied against a VRS Fraud defendant — $18.9 million dollars. If past history is of any indication, once Mr. Hawk is sentenced, he will get the same sentence as Mr. Chapman, but could have a higher restitution amount, but not more than the Yeh Brothers’ restitution of $20 million.
Finally, since Mr. Chapman has pled guilty and sentenced, the tally has been updated to reflect that. The pending sentence belongs to Mr. Hawk who has filed a Downward Variance motion waiting on January 7, 2015. More on this in a next post including what is a Downward Variance Motion.
VRS Justice continues to stand watch for future updates for the last pending VRS Fraud case, and if there are more defendants in the offing, you are more than welcome to contact me at email@example.com. All sources will be confidential.
Hawk and Chapman Indictment is here
Chapman Plea Agreement is here
Hawk Permission to Enter Plea of Guilty is here
Hawk Plea Agreement is here
Chapman Judgment is here