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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 1:00 am

$3 million taken in fraud scheme

Feds allege 3 bilked unnamed business

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

An Auburn man, his sister and her former husband bilked a Fort Wayne company out of more than $3 million from 2012 to 2018, according to a federal indictment. 

Brian Nordan, 42, Angela Jasinski, 29, and Dustin Coleman, 42, allegedly worked together to defraud the company – which is not named in court documents – by using business credit cards to pay for personal purchases. 

Nordan also arranged for Coleman to be paid nearly $300,000 in salary and more than $54,000 in benefits for about six years – from 2012 to 2018 – despite Coleman not being an employee, prosecutors say. The couple divorced in 2016. 

Jasinski, Nordan's sister, left the company in 2016 but earned nearly $70,000 in wages and benefits, into September 2017, according to the indictment. 

“Employers hire individuals with the understanding that they will be honest and not exploit them for personal financial gain,” U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said. “When, as alleged in this indictment, individuals do exploit their employers for illegal financial gain, my office and our law enforcement partners will investigate and prosecute.”

Nordan reportedly worked as chief marketing officer and general manager, making personnel decisions, ordering supplies, negotiating with vendors and paying company expenses. In August 2012, he “knowingly devised and intended to devise a scheme to defraud and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses,” the 14-page indictment charging them with wire fraud stated.

Nordan faces 13 counts, Coleman is named in three counts, and Jasinski is named in two counts. 

He used company credit cards to pay for about $668,000 in personal charges, investigators said. An additional $563,000 from the company was allegedly used to pay the credit card expenses of Nordan and Coleman. From January 2017 to May 2018, Nordan claimed “expense reimbursements” worth nearly $180,000 “for monies over and above his salary,” court documents said. 

On his LinkedIn page, Nordan claims he was CEO of Afdent from 2002 to 2019, when he became a real estate broker. A call to Afdent, a dental office, was not returned Tuesday. 

A message left for Nordan also was not returned. 

Prosecutors said part of the scheme involved Coleman filling out employment documentation, but he did no work for the company. In 2014, investigators said he lied to a financial institution, so he could buy a Mercedes, when he said he worked there. 

In 2017, “Nordan and others” created NHS Holdings LLC, which was used to buy toothpaste that NHS sold to the company at a profit, according to the indictment. They used $35,250 from the company to invest in NHS, court documents said. 

An initial hearing was held Tuesday.

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