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ANOTHER HOME DEPOT EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO VENDOR KICKBACK SCHEME AND TAX EVASION IN SCHEME TO DEFRAUD HOME DEPOT

On July 11, 2008, James P. Robinson, a former Divisional Merchandising Manager for Flooring at Home Depot, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of tax evasion related to a scheme to defraud Home Depot.
Mr. Robinson participated in a conspiracy to defraud Home Depot by taking kickbacks from worth millions of dollars, including a luxury SUV, from Anthony Tesvich, a former employee charged with similar offenses. Mr. Tesvich received millions of dollars of bribes from foreign companies wishing to do business with Home Depot and passed along these bribes to Mr. Robinson. Mr. Robinson evaded taxes by not reporting income totaling approximately $760,000 for 2005 and 2006.

The DOJ’s Antitrust Division remains committed to criminal enforcement.


Andre Barlow

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