A federal jury Wednesday convicted a former owner of frozen food company Gourmet Express for his role in a $3.9 million tax fraud scheme.
Robert Warren Scully, 70, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of wire fraud. They acquitted him of three tax evasion counts. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors alleged that between April 2001 and July 2009, Scully brought in his nephew, Kevin Scully, as a minority partner after one of the founders left and that the Scullys used shell companies in Thailand to inflate the prices Gourmet Express paid for shrimp and other ingredients. They also siphoned off a cut of those excess costs, or profits, but did not declare them on taxes, the prosecutors alleged.