An Anaheim businessman who won a lucrative contract to wash U.S. Postal Service (USPS) vehicles in Orange County is facing a five-count federal indictment for fleecing the government.
According to a federal grand jury, Philip Harrison used his Great White Truck Washing, Inc. to collect $225,308 in fraudulent billings from 2015 to 2017.
U.S. Department of Justice officials accuse Harrison of creating 206 fake invoices while pretending he’d cleaned postal vehicles in Fountain Valley, Placentia and Santa Ana.
Harrison, who was born in 1967, somehow learned USPS officials’ PINs for their government credit cards and submitted the false transactions, moves prosecutors say violated federal wire fraud statutes.
It’s not clear what potential prison sentence the defendant faces if convicted on all counts.
Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton will preside.
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