The previous improvement director for the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation was sentenced to 10 years in prison after stealing about $280,000 from the inspiration board, in line with courtroom data.
Michael James Self, 47, of Quail Roost Trail pleaded guilty Tuesday to expenses of organized fraud, cash laundering and legal use of private identification and was sentenced instantly, in line with courtroom data. He also was ordered to make $305,609 in restitution.
Self was initially arrested Oct. 1 at One Foremost Financial’s workplace on Southside Boulevard as he filed for a $20,000 loan, in response to his arrest report. Self came in at eleven a.m. and handed over a driver’s license and two pay stubs in an effort to safe the loan, and an employee informed officers that the license “appeared counterfeit.” Self had an envelope containing a replica of a counterfeit auto insurance card, two counterfeit pay stubs and a printed letter of “details on methods to commit the fraud,” the report stated. Officers additionally discovered a counterfeit Florida driver’s license on him.
On Dec. 26 updated expenses of money laundering and financial institution fraud have been filed towards Self, saying he was concerned in organized fraud towards the library basis from early 2017 to October, his arrest warrant stated.
Self, hired in late January 2016 as library basis director, was one among two paid staff who handled the inspiration’s day-to-day operations and had access to all of its monetary info, the warrant stated. That included entry to Social Safety info and pictures of driver’s licenses for certain board members.
The warrant stated Self used his place to steal from the inspiration’s operational and funding accounts in addition to donor contributions, then introduced altered financial institution statements to its board members to cover the theft, the warrant stated. Self created pretend letters of authorization using the board members’ private identification info to steal funds from the inspiration’s investment portfolio, the warrant stated.
The police investigation showed he laundered hundreds of dollars via a fraudulently created bank account, the warrant stated. Self also deposited seven donor checks and one other belief fund verify totaling $106,336 into one other illicit checking account, the warrant stated.
The warrant stated Self used the account the place a number of the cash went to pay for “vacations, live performance tickets, restaurant tabs, scholar mortgage payments, insurance coverage premiums, auto repairs” and even utility payments. An Oct. 5 search warrant served on Self seized his laptop pc, revealing detailed notes on “embezzlement, id theft and money launder,” as well as how he laundered cash by means of Bitcoin cryptocurrency, his arrest warrant stated.
Library officers terminated Self upon his October arrest.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549