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Mar 13, 2013 8:20 AM by AP

Rayne man pleads guilty in $143K wire fraud

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says a 53-year-old salesman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a scheme that bilked Rayne tire company Interco out of nearly $143,900.

Finley said Tuesday that Deynoodt Joseph Besse, of Rayne, entered the plea Monday before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Haik. His sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Besse worked Interco's sales department from Aug. 1, 1997 to Aug. 3, 2010.

Finley says that in January 2003, he created a company called INT Sales. According the indictment, Besse would set up sales for Interco but use a point of sale device that credited customers' money to his company.

He could get up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, followed by three years of supervised release.

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