Former Controller of local Ford dealership, Robert L. Fowler sentenced to 30 months
Used embezzled funds to pay personal expenses and child support
Evansville (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney John Childress announced today that Robert L. Fowler, of Evansville, Indiana, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young for Bank Fraud and Money Laundering.
“Fraud by company insiders robs their victims of money and worse, it robs them of their trust in others,” said Childress. “Greed and deception were the roots of Robert Fowlers life. He will now face the consequences of his choices.”
Fowler served as the Controller at Town and Country Ford for approximately eight years until he was terminated in early September 2016. Prior to becoming Controller, Fowler also served as an assistant office worker for twelve years. As Controller of Town and Country Ford, Fowler was responsible for the payroll, taxes, and accounting for the dealership and essentially served as the business manager.
Town and Country Ford’s parent company, Hays Automotive Group, owns car dealerships in Evansville, Louisville, and Nashville, Tennessee. In September 2016, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Hays Automotive Group discovered discrepancies in the books and records for Town and Country Ford.