Va. Men Plead Guilty in $1.6M Kroger Packaging Scheme

March 15, 2012

A Waynesboro man hired to oversee cardboard recycling at a Kroger warehouse has pleaded guilty to a scheme that cost the supermarket chain about $1.6 million.

According to federal prosecutors, 39-year-old Thomas M. Faulkner pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lynchburg to money laundering conspiracy, mail fraud and hiring illegal aliens. He faces up to five years in prison.

Faulkner owned a company that collected cardboard at a Salem warehouse and transported it to Kroger-approved recycling centers. He admitted creating a shell company that was paid for diverting materials to other facilities.

Forty-one-year-old Glenn Miguel Wagner of Salem told truck drivers where to take the diverted cardboard. He pleaded guilty to concealing the mail fraud and faces up to three years in prison.

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