OR man imprisoned for scam told to pay $6M
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Beaverton, Ore., man imprisoned in a vacuum cleaner scam has been ordered to pay more than $6 million to a bank, the people he defrauded and the Internal Revenue Service.
Johnny Brown was in prison when U.S. District Judge Garr King set the restitution amount Tuesday. Brown's lawyer, Matthew Schindler, says his client is sorry he bilked friends in a scheme intended to right his tanking vacuum cleaner sales operation.
Brown was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison last December.
The judge ordered Brown to pay $4.2 million to Elavon, the credit card processing subsidiary of U.S. Bank; more than $130,000 to the IRS; and $1.8 million to individual victims.
Brown's lawyer says his client is "absolutely destitute."