HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston man is being accused by federal prosecutors of taking $100,000 from a national veterans group after failing to deliver a communication system his company had been hired to set up that would have allowed soldiers in Iraq to communicate with their families.
Joe H. Nichols was freed on bond Friday after making an appearance in Houston federal court Friday.
The 46-year-old has been charged with one count of mail fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors say Nichols never delivered the communication system and pocketed $100,000 he got from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States for the project.
Nichols' attorney, Jimmy Ardoin, declined to comment.