On June 11, 2009, Anthony M. Tesvich, a former Home Depot employee, was sentenced to serve six years in federal prison for charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
According to the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the conspiracy took place from October 2002 to October 2007. Mr. Tesvich took kickbacks from various foreign vendors seeking to do business with Home Depot. Mr. Tesvich also provided kickbacks, which he referred to as “milk shakes” and “French fries”, to other employees of Home Depot during and after his employment at Home Depot. Furthermore, the DOJ charged Mr. Tesvich with evading taxes for his income between the years 2003-2005 amounting to approximately $1.3 million.