Saturday, February 09, 2013

Bond revoked for man charged in defrauding Breakell Inc.

Jamie Carl Graham, charged with defrauding Breakell Inc. out of more than $1 million, was jailed.

A federal judge has revoked the bond of a former project manager charged with defrauding a Roanoke construction company out of more than $1million.

Jamie Carl Graham was sent to jail late Thursday after a hearing in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

Graham is charged with mail fraud in a scam against his former employer, Breakell Inc., which recently went out of business.

In asking that Graham be held without bond until his trial in June, prosecutors said he deliberately wrecked his Ford Explorer last month in an effort to collect insurance money.

Graham also is charged with assaulting his former domestic partner, Carlos Persinger, after learning that Persinger planned to testify against him at the bond revocation hearing.

Following a hearing that lasted more than four hours, Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou found probable cause to support the assault charge as grounds for bond revocation, according to online court records.

Graham, 33, was charged in October with misusing a billing system at Breakell to shift costs from one construction project to another.

An indictment charges that Graham renovated his own home and billed the costs of labor and materials to Breakell construction projects he was overseeing.

Other construction expenses incurred by Graham or his friends also were billed to Breakell, according to the indictment.

Last month, Breakell chairman and CEO Stan Breakell said the company had ceased operations. While declining to comment in detail on the charges against Graham, Breakell has said the case had a "tremendous bearing" on the company's finances.

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