FBI charges Columbia man in thefts

May 29, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

A former executive in a Lanham-based microcomputer corporation has been charged by the FBI with stealing at least $90,000 in company checks, some of which reportedly were deposited in a Swiss bank account.

The FBI said last night that as much as $750,000 in checks may be unaccounted for, although the exact amount won't be determined until an audit is completed by the company, Pulsar ** Data Systems Inc.

Jules H. Goodman, 33, of the 500 block of Green Mountain Circle in Columbia, who resigned May 21 from his job as assistant controller of Pulsar, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. yesterday at a parking garage in the 100 block of E. Pratt St., the FBI said.

He is charged with interstate transportation of stolen property, a felony, for taking a $90,000 company check and depositing it in one of several personal bank accounts he opened, the FBI

reported.

A federal complaint filed in Baltimore charges that Mr. Goodman is thought to have taken other checks made payable to Pulsar and deposited them in the personal accounts, using forged signatures of chief executive officers.

The checks he is accused of stealing were rebates from suppliers, said Special Agent Andy Manning, an FBI spokesman. Some of the checks written on his bogus accounts were `D deposited at a bank account in Zurich, although the exact amount hasn't been determined, he said.

Mr. Goodman was employed at Pulsar from April 1992 until his resignation, the FBI said. He was being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center last night and will appear before a federal magistrate Tuesday.

Pulsar Data, a supplier of microcomputer network systems and office-automation services, recently was named on Black Enterprise magazine's Top 100 list of black-owned companies. Ranked 15th on the list, the company recorded $67 million in sales in 1993, up $14 million from the previous year, the magazine reported.

Started in 1982, the company has a staff of 65 people. Among the major contracts it was awarded in recent years was a $757,965 grant from the Navy to upgrade a computer plan and a $258,419 Justice Department contract to provide general-purpose computer equipment.

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