Former Ga. Verizon worker sent to prison in fraud case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say a former Verizon Wireless employee has been sentenced to prison after federal officials say he ordered nearly $2.8 million in equipment for the firm and then sold it out of his Georgia home.

Prosecutors say 62-year-old Michael W. Baxter of Ball Ground used the proceeds to buy cars, jewelry and cosmetic surgeries for his girlfriend.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Baxter was sentenced to four years in prison after he was convicted of wire fraud.

Authorities say Baxter ordered the communications equipment from Cisco Systems over a decade when he was employed as a Verizon network engineer. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Baxter then funded a lavish lifestyle.

Baxter was also ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution to Cisco Systems and $462,828 to Verizon.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)


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