Alcoa worker in Texas arrested in $1M fraud case

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — An Alcoa machine shop worker in Texas has been arrested in what prosecutors call a $1 million scam to order, steal and then resell equipment.

Prosecutors in Victoria say 55-year-old Jack Kennedy of Houston remains in custody pending a detention hearing Friday in Corpus Christi. He’s charged with mail and wire fraud in an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Kennedy worked for Alcoa World Alumina LLC in Point Comfort and was responsible for inventory and ordering supplies.

Prosecutors say Kennedy since 2008 allegedly ordered, stole and sold items at a discount to a metalworking supply and salvage company in Tonawanda, N.Y. Payment checks were mailed to Kennedy’s home.

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Prosecutors on Wednesday did not immediately identify that company or say if Kennedy has an attorney.

Messages left with Alcoa weren’t immediately returned.