22 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and William T. Sims, Special Agent in Charge, Miami Field Office, United States Secret Service, announced today that defendant, Barry Hennessey, pleaded guilty today to both counts of a two (2) count Information, charging the defendant with mail fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341, and money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1957. Sentencing is scheduled for August 12, 2005, before United States District Court Judge James I. Cohn in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Hennessey faces a statutory maximum term of twenty (20) years’ imprisonment on the mail fraud count, and a statutory maximum term of ten (10) years’ imprisonment on the money laundering count.
Hennessey, the Director of Credit and Collections at Entertainment Resource, Inc. (“ERI”), admitted that between May 25, 2004 and March 12, 2005, he unjustly enriched himself by diverting, endorsing, and then depositing into his personal business bank account a total of 157 customer remittance checks. In total, Hennessey stole and diverted over $1.58 million from ERI. Hennessey used the money he diverted to purchase numerous luxury items, including two homes, eight cars, one boat, three motorcycles, and complete furnishings, including expensive electronics, for both homes.
Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the United States Secret Service. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc Anton.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .