A 46-year-old Denham Springs man has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for forging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ seal on a document that falsely stated a piece of property did not contain wetlands.
Roy E. Madden, who previously pleaded guilty to forging and counterfeiting the seal of a department and agency of the federal government, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge James Brady, U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux said.
Madden admitted that, while employed as an environmental consultant and having been engaged by a client to determine whether a particular parcel of property contained wetlands, he fraudulently altered and manipulated a Corps of Engineers letter so it falsely indicated the property did not contain wetlands, Cazayouz said in a prepared statement.
The Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over wetlands.
To make the document appear genuine, Madden included the Corps of Engineers’ seal and the forged signature of a corps official, Cazayoux said. Madden then provided the fraudulent letter to his client, knowing the property contained wetlands.
Relying on the fraudulent letter, Madden’s client and another individual finalized a sale of the property. When Madden’s fraud was discovered, the transaction had to be rescinded, Cazayoux said.
Madden will be on supervised release for two years following his prison time.
Cazayoux said the investigation was conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the FBI.