Young’s sentence delayed in fraud case

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Monday sentencing of local businessman Harold Young – one of the three local defendants in a multi-million dollar Pennsylvania fraud case – has been postponed until the summer.

Young is one of eight defendants in the case that that resulted in losses of $53 million to Equipment Finance LLC, (EFI), a logging industry lender that provided funding for the purchase of forestry and land-clearing equipment. Also included in the case were local businessmen Wiley Spann and John S. Tomberlin.

Court record show that from 2001 through 2007, the defendants orchestrated a pervasive scheme to steal money by looting the accounts of EFI and falsifying EFI’s books.

Spann participated in the fraud scheme in a number of ways, including assisting the employees of EFI to create numerous bogus loans, forging EFI loan documents and auditor confirmation letters, and paying nominal borrowers to sign false EFI loan documents. For helping to manage the EFI loan fraud, Spann illegally compensated himself with between $80,000 and $100,000 per year in EFI funds. Tomberlin signed a bogus EFI loan contract in exchange for a payment from Spann of $10,000.

Young and Tomberlin also assisted Spann in looting EFI’s insurance escrow account. Although no EFI borrower had purchased insurance from their company, South Central Agency, Young and Tomberlin permitted Spann to create bogus SCA insurance invoices and send them to EFI. EFI then mailed checks to SCA, which were deposited into SCA’s accounts. In total, more than $1 million was sent from EFI to SCA for these nonexistent policies. For allowing Spann to use their invoices and accounts, Young and Tomberlin charged Spann 20 percent of the EFI money that flowed through their accounts. Young disbursed the rest of the stolen money at Spann’s direction.

Both Spann and Tomberlin have since pleaded guilty. Spann was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay $7.6 million in restitution for his part in the scheme. Tomberlin’s sentencing is set for April 9.

Young’s new sentencing date is set for July 9.