Chattanooga Man Under Federal Investigation for Wire Fraud, Money Laundering
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — On April fourteenth, the FBI was seen raiding the home of David Apps on Mountain Shadows Drive.
Now, federal court documents confirm that Apps is under investigation for wire fraud and money laundering.
According to the affidavit of FBI Agent Heidi Ann Fuller, there is probable cause to believe that Apps embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from his employer, Broad Street Methodist Church, in Cleveland.
The affidavit explains that Apps was the business administrator at the Church, and had control of it’s bank account.
It goes on to say that Apps claimed to have been treated for cancer at Vanderbilt and Erlanger, and issued multiple unapproved checks to himself for this purpose.
But the FBI says he was not being treated at either of those facilities, but rather was being treated at CHI memorial.
The FBI also claims that Apps made hundreds of unauthorized purchases with Church credit cards, spending at least $60,000 on firearms, firearm accessories, and outdoor recreational equipment within a span of three months, and spending at least $177,000 on his business, “FMJ Supply,” between 2014 and 2021.
Other alleged fraudulent expenses include a Rolex Steel watch, American Airline Tickets, and a jet-ski.