BATON ROUGE, LA — A Denham Springs man has been sentenced after forging a Army Corps of Engineers seal.
Roy E. Madden, age 46, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to serve four months in federal prison. Madden was also ordered to serve a two-year term of supervised release following his release from imprisonment.
Madden previously pled guilty to forging and counterfeiting the seal of a department and agency of the United States, namely, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 506.
Madden admitted that, while employed as an environmental consultant and having been engaged by a client to determine whether a particular parcel of property contained wetlands, Madden fraudulently altered and manipulated a Corps of Engineers letter so that it falsely indicated that the property did not contain wetlands.
To make the document appear genuine, Madden included the USACE seal and the forged signature of a Corps official.
Madden then provided the fraudulent letter to his client, knowing that the property contained wetlands. Relying on the fraudulent letter, the defendant’s client and another individual finalized a sale of the property. When Madden’s fraud was discovered, the transaction had to be rescinded.