A Granger man has been sentenced to 168 months in prison for concocting a fraud scheme.
James P. LeDonne, 63, of Granger, was sentenced in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to mail and wire fraud.
LeDonne was also ordered to pay $1,410,580 in restitution to his victims.
According to documents, from 2008 through 2014, LeDonne engaged in a fraud scheme involving a series of businesses that purported to manufacture fiber optic repair vehicles.
LeDonne persuaded customers to order vehicles and send money for down payments, but then failed to fulfill orders.
The scheme involved selling vehicles that LeDonne did not own or that did not exist, with LeDonne repeatedly lying to customers about the status of production schedules, delivery dates, and refunds.
To avoid returning money to customers and other creditors, his businesses would file bankruptcy and he would start a new business that would start up the same fraud scheme with new customers.
LeDonne defrauded at least 63 customers from at least 31 states and four foreign countries.