Victims urged to come forward in fraud case

An Augusta man who stole from the dead and their grieving families, a 92-year-old boss and people too ill or infirm to care for themselves was sentenced to 15 years in prison last month, but the judge and prosecutors think all of his victims still might not be known.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. handed down the sentence for Bryant K. Evans Webb but delayed setting a restitution amount to give the government time to speak with anyone else he might have victimized.

Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Michael Lanham and FBI Special Agent Paul Kubala uncovered a trail of theft and fraud in Webb’s wake, according to court testimony and records.

While working for the former owner of Peoples Fune­ral Home, Webb defrauded his boss and the families of deceased clients of
more than $215,000, records show.

Webb was arrested over that theft and released on bond. He then began working at Mother and Daughter Personal Care Home, where he stole more than $33,000 from disabled nursing home residents, including veterans, officials said.

“Unfortunately, due to the nature of these crimes, some of these victims may still be unaware that the defendant stole from them,” U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver said in a statement. “(But) it is not too late for victims to contact this office so that their claims for restitution may be considered by the court.”

Webb pleaded guilty to bank and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft – federal charges that usually result in relatively short prison terms. But Webb’s criminal history increased the federal sentencing guidelines to 154 to 186 months.

Bowen, who called Webb’s history one of the worst he had seen in more than 30 years as a federal judge, sentenced him to 15 years in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

Webb has been in and out of prison for short periods since 1989. Before the latest charges, he had 15 felony convictions.

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