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Wifredo A. Ferrer
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Employee Fraud

Sentenced Ordered To Repay $610,228 - November 1, 2010

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Wifredo A. Ferrer
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Employee Fraud

Sentenced Ordered To Repay $610,228 - November 1, 2010

Jamil Murni, 60, of Houston, Texas, a Royal Caribbean Internation employee, was arrested and convicted for defrauding Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines of $610,000 in a fuel purchase scheme.

Murni was a fuel buyer for Royal Caribbean International. In that position, Jamil Murni was responsible for researching suppliers and negotiating price, availability, and delivery schedules of fuel for Royal Caribbean Cruises’ fleet.

From late 2003 through late 2006, however, defendant Murni devised a scheme to defraud Royal Caribbean of more than $600,000.

According to the plea agreement, in 2003, defendant Murni registered "Sea Fuels Trading" as a fictitious name with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Corporations. He then opened and maintained a bank account in the name of Sea Fuels Trading. On December 19, 2003, defendant Murni applied to have Sea Fuels Trading become a fuel provider for Royal Caribbean. In that application, defendant Murni fraudulently concealed his ownership of the company. Royal Caribbean subsequently approved Sea Fuels Trading as a fuel vendor.

Murni used his position within Royal Caribbean to obligate the cruise company to more expensive contracts with Sea Fuels Trading. Defendant Murni then fulfilled Sea Fuels Trading’s obligations by purchasing cheaper fuel from competitors. Royal Caribbean paid defendant Murni’s company more than it would have paid to a legitimate fuel vendor.

At the sentencing on November 1, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Joan A. Lenard sentenced Murni to 45 months of imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release. In addition, the judge ordered that the defendant pay $610,228 in restitution to Royal Caribbean.

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