Federal authorities Thursday asked for the public’s help in finding a man who scammed a San Francisco educational software company and is wanted for mail fraud charges.
Bruce Lee Marshall, 38, who also goes by the aliases Francois Marshall and Francois Delacroix, is wanted on mail fraud charges for a scam spanning from July 2010 to August 2011, according to an indictment filed against him in federal court last month.
Marshall, a San Francisco resident, worked as an operations engineer at the software company and was tasked with selecting a contractor for computer servers and other services, according to the indictment.
However, instead of picking a legitimate company, he allegedly set up a fake one and convinced his employer to hire its services, FBI officials said.
Marshall’s fake company provided only a fraction of the services agreed upon in the contract and collected more than $100,000 in cash while causing additional monetary losses to his employer, according to the FBI.
Marshall has previously been arrested and pleaded guilty to one count of falsely altering a U.S. passport.
After he was indicted on May 16 for the mail fraud charges, he failed to appear in U.S. District Court the next day and is considered a fugitive, FBI officials said.
Marshall is described as a black man who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He is known to wear dark-rimmed glasses and has ties to San Diego as well as the state of Georgia.
Anyone with information about Marshall’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or their nearest FBI office. San Francisco FBI agents can be reached at (415) 553-7400 while the U.S. Marshals Service can be reached locally at (415) 436-7660.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News