A satellite Internet contractor was convicted for reporting false service installations by a judge in the Western District Court of Wisconsin.
Michael Booth, 42, of Brodhead, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for wire fraud. Booth is also required to pay $196,000 in restitution to the company that awarded him the contract.
Maryland-based company Hughes Network Systems was awarded a $50 million federal grant for rural broadband development. Booth, the owner of the Satellite Store LLC in Monroe, subcontracted to install Internet service locally.
During his contract, Booth created 273 fictitious customers to claim additional installations. Hughes paid a commission and installation fee of $245 to $400 per installation.
The case was investigated by the FBI. Booth pleaded guilty in November 2012.