A federal grand jury on Friday indicted a Baton Rouge man whose company was hired as a subcontractor to help build a Baker charter school in 2014, charging him with defrauding the Michigan contractor that was building the school.
Nathian D. Hossley, 50, is accused of bilking the Michigan company, Bouma Construction, out of tens of thousands of dollars between March 2014 and December 2014.
In a news release announcing the indictment, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Bouma hired Hossley’s company, First Millennium Construction, as a subcontractor to help build the Impact Charter Elementary School in Baker. However, the release states, Hossley failed to disclose his history of federal convictions during the bidding process.
In November 2009, according to court documents, a Florida company invested $300,000 in a nonprofit project by First Millennium to weatherize homes for the disabled elderly and families with children. However, the Florida company, Michael Clayton Enterprises, was never repaid as promised, the documents show.
Last December, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Jackson ordered Hossley to pay back the Florida firm $283,000, records show.
In the charter school project, Bouma agreed in June 2014 to pay First Millennium more than $1.2 million for its work on the Baker school, the release says.
When Hossley’s company requested reimbursements for its work, the release says, it lied about the amount of work done and how much First Millennium owed to the subcontractors it had hired.
Hossley is accused of forging signatures of some of First Millennium’s subcontractors to take $96,125 worth of joint checks from Bouma, though he arranged for someone else to take the blame for the forged signatures, the release says.
Bouma paid First Millennium more than $948,000 to work on the charter school project, the release states, but less than half of that was distributed to subcontractors to whom Hossley owed money.
In addition, Hossley took tens of thousands of dollars from First Millennium’s bank account for personal use, the release states.
Hossley was charged with five counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud and one count of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity, according to the announcement.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI are investigating the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Crosswell and René Salomon, according to the release.