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Controller for Kenton company indicted in fraud scheme

A financial controller for a Kenton County company was indicted Friday for allegedly devising a scheme to defraud his company out of more than $80,000, a press release from United States Attorney James Zerhusen said.

According to the release, 39-year-old Brian K. Welling of Cincinnati is charged with 53 counts of wire fraud.

As financial controller of Fortis Security Products, Welling oversaw the payroll of the company; he is accused of inflating his own salary and bonuses when recording financial information in a computer program, the release said.

If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

Welling's court date has not been set.