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Former HSCO Detective & Rooms-To-Go security officer charged
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Former HSCO Detective & Rooms-To-Go security officer charged

Valrico, FL -- United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced the filing of formal charges against Valrico resident Brian W. Ouellette.


The charges stem from a mail fraud scheme Ouellette allegedly conducted with James B. Loftus, Jr. of Georgia. Ouellette and Loftus both held high-level security positions at Rooms-To-Go Furniture (RTG). 


According to court documents, Ouellette and Loftus were employed as Directors of Security for Rooms-To-Go Furniture from the late 1990's through March 2007. This followed their retirement as detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.


According to investigators, without Rooms-To-Go's knowledge and approval Ouellette and Loftus allegedly created two sham companies in the early 2000's, enabling them to secretly receive kickbacks from an outside security vendor - Security Alliance, which Rooms-To-Go had retained to manage its security guards.


To conceal these kickbacks from Rooms-To-Go, Ouellette and Loftus allegedly prepared fake invoices addressed to Security Alliance, which fraudulently sought payment for "consulting" services, and which required that such payments be made
indirectly to Ouellette and Loftus through their sham companies.


All total, Ouellette and Loftus collectively received over $835,000 in kickbacks from Security Alliance between the
Fall 2002 and March 2007.


In addition to this kickback scheme, Ouellette allegedly devised another scheme by himself to defraud Rooms-To-Go. Unlike the conspiracy with Loftus, detectives say this second scheme centered around Ouellette's use of outside vendors to
collect information from Rooms-To-Go employees. 


Ouellette allegedly received over a quarter of a million dollars in kickbacks in his outside vendors scheme.


If convicted, Ouellette faces 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.


You can see his website: http://allsafeprotectionteam.com/contact.html


Rooms-To-Go is headquartered in Seffner.

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