Heritage Lake man charged with embezzling quarter-million from physician

Friday, March 17, 2017

A 37-year-old Heritage Lake man suspected of embezzling nearly a quarter-million dollars from a Marion County physician was arrested Thursday when FBI agents and Putnam County Sheriff's Department deputies descended upon his Lincoln Hills home.

Taken into custody at his residence on Lincoln Hills Drive was Jonathan A. Matt, president and registered agent of JMJ Preservation Services LLC, which conducts business from a principal office at 7518 E. CR 400 South, Coatesville.

Jonathan Matt

Matt is facing 20 counts of band fraud in the alleged scam.

The investigation claims Matt obtained a reported total of $224,753 as a result of a fraud scheme, transferring funds to his account without the consent, authorization or knowledge of the physician victim. The scheme was allegedly perpetrated over a period from January 2013 through approximately June 15, 2015.

Matt was indicted following a Grand Jury investigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis.

FBI agents from the Indianapolis Field Office, acting along with Putnam County deputies, served a federal arrest warrant initiated by the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern district of Indiana.

The arrest unfolded in the early morning hours Thursday without incident as Matt was then transported to Indianapolis by the FBI for his initial arraignment charged with 20 counts of financial fraud.

At the time of Matt's arrest at the Heritage Lake residence FBI lead agent Charmaine Barfield, other FBI agents, Sheriff Scott Stockton, Major Dwight Simmons and Deputies Virgil Lanning and Mike Biggs made the arrest.

Matt's criminal history, according to the public records website Doxpop, includes an August 2008 Putnam County arrest for check fraud and as a habitual offender, both Class D felonies.

He eventually pleaded guilty in Putnam Circuit Court to check fraud and was sentenced by Judge Matt Headley to three years in the Department of Correction, including one year executed as a direct commitment to Community Corrections.

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