Former Golden Living contractor pleads guilty to $370,000 fraud

A Virginia man hired by Golden Living to oversee construction projects at several facilities faces up to 30 years in prison for bilking the provider out of more than $370,000 in construction costs.

Gary Jewel, 61, was hired by Golden in 2010 as a senior construction project manager for several construction and remodeling jobs at facilities across the country. He also was able to approve subcontractor invoices at the worksites he supervised.

Jewel formed a limited liability company called Legacy Consulting in 2012, and began forging invoices on Legacy letterhead for construction work that had not been performed. Jewel approved and submitted the invoices to Golden for payment, but never told the provider that he was associated with Legacy, the Times Record reported.

Golden Living paid $370,000 for construction work that was never performed, with more than $300,000 of that going to Jewel's fraudulent Legacy Consulting.

Jewel pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of mail fraud, for which he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,00 fine per count. He also pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering, which carries a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

As part of his plea agreement, Jewel also agreed to pay a money judgment of more than $372,000.