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The former vice president of a large Clackamas-based company was sentenced last week to 39 months in federal prison for wire fraud and filing false tax returns

The former vice president of a large Clackamas-based company was sentenced last week to 39 months in federal prison for wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

On July 24, U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Andrew Henry Jacobs, 50, for a multiyear swindle in which he stole more than $352,000 from Pacific Seafood Group (PSG) and failed to disclose the proceeds of the crime to the Internal Revenue Service, thereby evading at least $81,901 in personal income taxes.

Jacobs worked at PSG for more than a decade, ultimately rising to be the vice president of employee leadership and development at the 2,500-employee family-run firm. PSG fired Jacobs in 2015 after an audit of his expense reports revealed that he repeatedly claimed suspicious and unverified expenses. PSG hired a forensic accounting firm that found he submitted more than $900,000 in dubious expenses in just his final four years with the company. Due to the lack of older records, the accountants could not assess the full scope of Jacobs's crime.

Where records were available, PSG's accountants and government investigators confirmed that Jacobs spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on prostitutes, luxury travel, personal electronics, firearms and gold coins. When confronted by federal investigators, Jacobs admitted both the embezzlement and the tax fraud. He pleaded guilty and promised to pay restitution of $352,441 to PSG and $81,901 to the IRS. At the sentencing hearing, Brown also ordered Jacobs to pay PSG an additional $126,444.89 to reimburse the company for the cost of retaining the forensic accounting firm.

Summarizing all of the conduct, Brown noted that Jacobs's long-running criminal conduct was "shameful" but agreed that he posed little risk of committing such offenses again.

"Mr. Jacobs stole from his employer, his colleagues and the American taxpayers. The sentences imposed in this case reflect the seriousness of his crimes," said Billy J. Williams, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon.

PSG attorney Daniel C. Occhipinti said, "This was a rogue former employee who committed a crime against our company, our team members, and our entire community. We are very grateful to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the outstanding team at the FBI for seeing that justice was done."

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