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Alcoa worker in Texas arrested in $1M fraud case

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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.

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

Messages left with Alcoa weren’t immediately returned.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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