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Federal prosecutors charge former Rooms to Go security director in kickback schemes

TAMPA — Federal prosecutors filed mail fraud charges Tuesday against a former security director for Rooms to Go.

Brian W. Ouellette, 49, of Valrico worked as a security director for the Seffner-based furniture chain from the 1990s to at least 2007. He and another security director, James B. Loftus Jr., 58, of Georgia, joined the company after retiring as detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Loftus pleaded guilty in November to taking payments through a shell company from Security Alliance, which had been selected to provide security guards for Rooms to Go, prosecutors said.

Ouellette is charged with participating in that kickback scheme. He also is accused of running another scheme where he collected payments to a shell company from vendors chosen to get information from Rooms to Go employees Ouellette had recruited to be informants.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office announcing the charges did not elaborate on the details of that operation.

Prosecutors said both men received $835,000 from Security Alliance between 2002 and 2007, and Ouellette received $250,000 from the confidential informant vendors between 2003 and 2007.

Lofts will sentenced on March 3. If convicted, Ouellette could get a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors charge former Rooms to Go security director in kickback schemes 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:45pm]
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