Need a CEO for Your Shell Company?

Last week U.S. prosecutors indicted 19 people, most of them in North Texas, for cybercrimes in which they allegedly defrauded Dallas-based AT&T and other telecommunication companies. Among the defendants is Matthew Simpson of Red Oak. This article shares more details of the scheme, including one e-mail from the indictment that’s said to have been sent by Michael Faulkner, of Southlake.

Another 2008 e-mail tells Simpson he can obtain CEOs for his shell corporations, apparently by using the identities of the homeless, paid off with cash and an inexpensive fortified wine drink known as “Mad Dog,” or MD 20/20. “They each get $100 cash money and a bottle of MD 20/20,” the e-mail stated.

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