(CN) – The National Academy of Sciences’ insurer says a supervisor in the Academy’s copy department swiped $1.3 million – apparently, $2,500 at a time – by submitting and approving hundreds of bills for products and services from a fictitious company.
The Federal Insurance Co. sued Aubrey Randolph Scott Jr., alleging fraud and conversion. It wants the money back and costs.
In its federal complaint in the District of Columbia, the insurer says Scott was supervisor of the National Academy of Sciences’ Reprographics Department from 2000 to 2006. He oversaw purchasing of paper and copy products and services, and had authority to approve invoices of $2,500 or less.
He also had the power to prevent audits of these transactions, the insurer says.
It claims he began using those powers in March 2000 to submit hundreds of phony invoices from a company he called Paper Perfect Reproductions, which never really provided the Academy any products or services.
By 2008, he had run up $1,321,108 in phony charges, the insurer says. It wants it back.
At $2,500 or less an invoice, Aubrey would have had to submit more than 500 invoices to run up such a tab.
The insurer is represented by Barrett Boss and Douglas Fox with Cozen O’Connor.