Holley man steals thousands from fed

A Holley man, last known to live on Bob Tolbert Road,  has plead guilty to stealing almost $30,000 from the federal government.

Timothy James Nelson, 36, faces jail time for falsifying travel expenses to steal government funds.

According to a statement of facts agreed upon by both parties, Nelson falsified claims for his hotel expenses while working on a U.S. Department of State Regional Security (DOS) contract.

Nelson worked for U.S. Department of State contractor O.G.S., a security company based out of Arlington, Virginia. Under O.G.S. Nelson installed and repaired communication equipment in vehicles for the U.S. Department of State. In January 2015, Nelson began traveling to Jerusalem for periods of time and returning to Holley/Navarre in between trips for his job.

On the first of these trips he stayed at Waldorf Astoria Hotel for $360 a night as arranged by his employer. At Nelson’s request, he began staying at an alternative hotel, Jerusalem Luxury Apartments also for $360 a night.

By July he switched to Jerusalem Apartments for $180 for his first four stays and $190 for the fifth. According to the statement of facts, Nelson made arrangements with the hotel owner to receive receipts that stated he had been charged $360 per night for the first four stays and $380 per night for the fifth. These trips occurred for several weeks at a time between July 3, 2015 and March 31, 2016.

He then used these receipts to claim travel expenses of $59,300 which were deposited to his bank account out of U.S. Department of State’s funds. He received $29,650 more than he was charged.

Nelson faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 16 at 1 p.m. at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.

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