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Vermont Man Sentenced in Wire Fraud Case

U.S. Attorney's Office November 03, 2009
  • District of Vermont (802) 951-6725

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jeffrey Devoid, 47, from Winooski, Vermont, was sentenced on November 2, 2009 to 27 months in prison after his guilty plea to charges that he committed wire fraud. Chief United States District Judge William K. Sessions III also sentenced Devoid to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay his victims $207,838 in restitution.

According to Court records, between approximately May and December of 2007, Devoid was employed as a salesperson at two commercial printing companies, one in Vermont and one in Massachusetts. While so employed, Devoid schemed to defraud his employers by representing to them that he had secured printing contracts when, in fact, the contracts did not exist or Devoid had fraudulently provided the customer a price lower than that approved by his employer. As a result of his conduct, Devoid’s employers lost money by purchasing materials to complete invalid contracts.

At the same hearing on November 2, Judge Sessions also addressed Devoid’s failure to abide by previously imposed conditions of probation. According to court records, in 2003 Devoid pled guilty to failure to pay child support—a federal misdemeanor—in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. For that offense, he was sentenced to five years of probation. In 2007, after he moved from California to Vermont, responsibility for supervising Devoid was transferred to the U.S. Probation Office in the District of Vermont. On June 18, 2009, Devoid was arrested and incarcerated for allegedly violating his conditions of probation. He subsequently admitted to the alleged violations, which included failure to pay child support as ordered by the court. For violating the conditions of probation originally imposed in the Central District of California, Judge Sessions sentenced Devoid to a prison term of time served and a one-year term of supervised release. Because Devoid had been incarcerated since June 18, the sentence amounted to approximately four and 1/2 months in prison. The Court ordered that Devoid’s 27-month sentence on the wire fraud charges and his four and 1/2-month sentence on the probation violations be served consecutively to one another, for a total period of imprisonment of 31 and 1/2 months. The Court also ordered that Devoid pay the remaining $53,113 he owes in child support.

Under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are now advisory, Devoid faced a 24-30 month prison term on the wire fraud charges and a maximum six-month term of imprisonment for the probation violations. When imposing sentence, Judge Sessions cited the seriousness of the defendant’s criminal conduct and his likelihood of recidivism.

United States Attorney Tristram J. Coffin commended the FBI for their hard work on this matter. The prosecutor is Assistant United States Attorney Timothy C. Doherty, Jr. Devoid is represented by Assistant Public Defender Alison S. Arms.

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