Erlanger man stole gift checks, must pay $500,000 in restitution

An Erlanger man was sentenced Wednesday to 2 ½ years in prison for stealing gift checks from a Cincinnati company and transporting them to Kentucky for deposit.

Louis D. Green, 39, was also ordered to pay a restitution fee of more than $500,000, according to officials with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Green was sentenced in federal court in Covington.

In September, Green pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that, while he worked for Convergys Inc., he fraudulently ordered gift checks that were intended to reward other employees. Rather than give them to employees, Green kept them and cashed the checks.

His theft occurred hundreds of times during a three-year period, resulting in a loss of more than $500,000 to Convergys. The company is a provider of business outsourcing services.

Under federal law, Green must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence. Upon release, he will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years.