KANSAS CITY, MO - Scott Beeson, the former Ferrellgas fleet manager who pled guilty in April 2009 to embezzling $3.5 million from the company, was sentenced in federal court March 11 for wire fraud and money laundering related to his embezzlement, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Beeson, 53, of North Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to four years and three months in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Beeson to pay restitution to Ferrellgas.

On April 22, 2009, Beeson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. Beeson admitted to engaging in a fraudulent scheme to embezzle $3.5 million from Ferrellgas between January 2002 and March 2008.

Beeson was employed at the Ferrellgas office in Liberty, Mo., as manager of the fleet department from August 1995 to March 2008. Beeson admitted that he created invoices purportedly from a Ferrellgas vendor, Helgers Trucking and Sales, for work that was not done. Beeson, in his position as fleet manager, approved and submitted the false invoices from Helgers Trucking to the accounts payable department. When Ferrellgas issued checks to Helgers Trucking, the company returned 95 percent of the funds to Beeson. Beeson then deposited or had funds credited to his personal bank account or to the bank account of Prominent Youth, Inc., a non-profit organization founded and controlled by Beeson. The total amount that Beeson caused to be falsely billed to Ferrellgas was approximately $3.5 million. 

Beeson also admitted that he requested or created invoices from Ferrellgas vendor Ideal Solutions for work that was not done. When Ferrellgas paid those false invoices, Ideal Solutions returned funds to Beeson for deposit into his personal bank account or to the Prominent Youth bank account.