EMPORIA, KAN. – A former Tyson Foods employee will be sentenced in the summer after admitting to defrauding the meat processor of more than $416,000 while working at its Emporia, Kan., facility.

Documents from the US District Court for the District of Kansas showed that David Ranger used a Tyson credit card to pay into his personal bank account between Dec. 2012 and April 15, 2019. He worked as a plant maintenance manager and was in charge of buying equipment, goods and services.

According to The Emporia Gazette, Ranger was charged with one count of wire fraud on Feb. 9, 2021, and pleaded guilty in court on April 28.

On Dec. 27, 2012, Ranger started a Square account in the name of “Electric Motor Repair Service,” which was a company that did not exist, using his name, date of birth and social security number.

Starting in Sept. 2013, Ranger used Tyson credit cards for personal expenses and designated his personal account to receive Square deposits from Electric Motor Repair Service for work he claimed was being provided to Tyson.

With a plea agreement, prosecutors in the case decided to dismiss a forfeiture charge and recommended a sentence at the low end of the sentencing guidelines.