LUBBOCK, Texas — Rodolfo Reyes Mata, aka Rudy Mata, 40, of San Antonio, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $54,750 in restitution following his guilty plea in July 2012 to one count of mail fraud and aiding abetting. Judge Cummings ordered that he surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on November 22, 2013. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
From November 2010 through September 2011, Mata submitted 15 false and fraudulent invoices to University Medical Center in Lubbock (UMC) for ATAM Technology Solutions, knowing that the submission of such invoices would cause UMC to pay the invoices by mailing checks to addresses listed. During the scheme, Mata and his friend, Robert Gregory Bruce, the former Vice President of UMC, caused UMC to pay approximately $54,750 to ATAM Technology Solutions for goods and services that were not provided. ATAM Technology Solutions, according to the factual resume filed in the case, was in fact, an alter ego of Mata. Mata used these funds for personal living expenses, educational expenses and travel and entertainment expenses.
Bruce was sentenced last month to 51 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $737,492 in restitution to UMC. He pleaded guilty in June 2013 to his part in the same offense. In documents filed in Bruce’s case, he admitted that from June 2007 to December 12, 2011, he conspired with Mata to submit false and fraudulent invoices for two companies, B.R. Media Monitoring (an alter ego of Bruce) and ATAM Technology Solutions, knowing that the submission of such invoices would cause UMC to pay the fake invoices. Over the course of the conspiracy, UMC paid approximately $681,908 on invoices for fake companies that did not provide goods or services as described in the invoices. According to plea papers filed, Bruce used these funds, in part, to pay Mata’s personal living expenses, educational expenses, and travel and entertainment expenses.
The cases were investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda R. Burch prosecuted.