Viable Founder John TC Yeh Released Today from Prison
By: Mary Patricia
John TC Yeh has been released from prison today. Yeh is best known as one of the founders of Viable. On November 19, 2009, there was an announcement by the Department of Justice: “Twenty-six Charged in Nationwide Scheme to Defraud the FCC’s Video Relay Service Program”. This was what caused the Federal Communications Commission to take a second look at the VRS industry and their practices.
In the first indictment, Viable Communications Inc. and four Viable executives have been charged with fraudulently generating VRS call minutes and obtaining reimbursements from the FCC for those calls. Viable owner and CEO John Yeh, 62, of Potomac, Md.; Viable Chief Operating Officer Joseph Yeh, 64, of Potomac; Viable Assistant Vice President Anthony Mowl, 25, of Rockville, Md.; and Viable Human Relations Director Donald Tropp, 25, of Rockville, have been charged in a six-count indictment with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and to submit false claims; submitting false claims; conspiracy to commit mail fraud; and mail fraud. (Department of Justice)
On October 28, 2010, Yeh was indicted after pleading guilty to four counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud during the period of July 2006 through July 2009.
On November 30, 2011, Yeh’s was sentenced to be imprisoned for a term of 108 months.
John Yeh will be placed on supervised release for a term of three years. Due to his participation in fraudulent activities against the FCC, he will have to pay a restitution in the amount of 20 million dollars, the largest ever levied against a VRS Fraud defendant (tied with his brother, Joseph). Yeh and Viable were not the only providers that were charged in the nationwide scam.
For further reading, all indictments in relation to the VRS Fraud Cases are available for review courtesy of VRS Justice.