A judge sentenced a Casper man to at least two and a half years in prison for embezzling more than $230,000 from a car wash he used to run.
Travis Wilson will be required to pay $230,673.92 in restitution to the car wash. He was also ordered to pay the state’s prosecution costs of $768.79.
“I will do everything in my power to make things right,” Wilson said before the sentence was handed down Friday in Natrona County District Court.
Wilson has sold his house in order to begin paying restitution, said his attorney Keith Nachbar. Wilson would pay $19,000 on Friday — the entirety of his assets, Nachbar added.
Nachbar had argued his client should serve probation so he can keep his job and continue to make restitution payments. Wilson, who earned about $30,000 a year, could continue to pay $500 a month, Nachbar said.
Prison time will interfere with Wilson’s ability to pay restitution, Judge Thomas Sullins said. However, he said prison was necessary because of the amount of money stolen, a “huge victim impact” and serious violations of law.
Prosecutor Dan Itzen said Wilson had gained the car wash owners’ trust and gained responsibility for managing the company’s books. Wilson deleted the records of 17,000 car washes and kept the money for himself, Itzen said.
The prosecutor asked for Wilson to serve a five-to-10-year prison sentence.
Wilson had previously pleaded guilty to one count of larceny by bailee and one count of theft. In exchange for his pleas, Itzen had agreed to argue that the sentences for both crimes run at the same time.
An owner at Cowboy Auto Spa first reported the theft in September 2016, court documents show.
The co-owner told a police detective that Wilson ran the day-to-day operations of the business and was the only person who had full access to the company’s computer system.