Ex-Waggoners Trucking driver gets nearly 3 years in fraud case

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A former Waggoners Trucking driver who admitted helping defraud the company of more than $120,000 will spend almost three years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Thursday, Dec. 1 sentenced Johnny Wayne Davis, 37, of Columbia, S.C., to 35 months in prison.

The judge also ordered Davis to pay $110,294 restitution and held him equally liable with co-defendant Denise Lynn Hirst, the company’s former payroll administrator who used her position to steal from the company for her two boyfriends; she was sentenced to two years in prison and was ordered to pay $126,115 restitution.

Davis pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud; seven other counts were dismissed. He was the last of three defendants in the case to be sentenced; a third co-defendant, Anthony Vernon Ward, 42, of Jacksonville, Fla., was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $17,879 restitution.