IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
September 11, 2006
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
UNITED AUTO PARTS, INC., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Stiehl, District Judge
PUBLIC NOTICE ORDER
On September 1, 2006, Defendant United Auto Parts was sentenced for committing the offense of obstructing a federal audit. As part of its sentence, this Court hereby Orders defendant to publish one time, in a daily newspaper of general circulation, within ten (10) days of the date of this Order, a legal notice describing: (i) the nature of the present offense; (ii) the nature of the punishment in full; (iii) the fact of conviction; and (iv) the steps that will be taken to prevent reoccurrence of similar offenses, which shall be worded as follows:
On May 26, 2006, United Auto Parts, Inc. pled guilty to a criminal information charging it with the offense of Obstruction of a Federal Audit; a conviction was entered. The offense involved a contract between United Auto Parts and the United States, whereby the Air Force arranged to buy various automotive equipment from United Auto Parts at cost, in exchange for a service fee. The above-referenced conviction resulted from United Auto Parts submitting receipts to a federal auditor that did not represent its actual purchase costs. Ultimately, it was determined that the United States was overcharged $3,744.98 for various items purchased from United Auto Parts. On September 1, 2006, United States District Court Judge William D. Stiehl sentenced United Auto Parts to five years of probation. As a condition of probation, United Auto Parts was ordered to pay restitution in full for the Government's above-stated loss. A fine was imposed in the amount of $46,255.02. To preclude reoccurrence of the conduct described herein, United Auto Parts intends to wait for statements from suppliers before submitting future invoices.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
WILLIAM D. STIEHL DISTRICT JUDGE
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