“The Acrux Investigation Agency, located in Lakeview, provided physical and personal security services for Honda. Surmount, also located in Lakeview, was a subsidiary of Acrux and provided monitoring services to Honda,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office. “Stratton executed a scheme to defraud Honda using Acrux and Surmount by creating multiple purchase orders for payments in amounts just under $100,000, a threshold in which additional oversight and approval is required. Using these purchase orders, as well as the main labor contract, Stratton caused Acrux and Surmount to submit false invoices to Honda and instructed them to keep the money in a “future fund.’”
Some of that money then was used to pay Stratton directly or through his organization, SAFE (Springfield Area Fastball Elites, Inc.) the attorney’s office said. SAFE was an Ohio non-profit created by Stratton to support local baseball teams; however, SAFE lost its classification as a 501(c)(3) in 2010, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
“Stratton also defrauded at least three other Honda vendors through the solicitation of donations for SAFE between 2012 and 2014, when it no longer held its tax-exempt status,” the attorney’s office said. “Stratton received multiple donation checks, which he would either deposit in part to the SAFE bank account, while keeping a portion of the donation in cash for himself, or deposit the donation check entirely into his personal account. Only a fraction of the funds received through donations were actually spent in furtherance of SAFE’s mission.”
These 12 people were indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court in October
As part of his plea, Stratton agreed to pay $750,635.95 in restitution to Honda and $10,000 in restitution to Scioto Industrial Services, U.S. attorney’s office said. He is facing a maximum of 30 years in prison.
A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered in the case and Stratton is due back to the court on Jan. 15, according to online court records