LPD Investigator honored for uncovering local company’s alleged fraud scheme

Posted by: Laura Wilson

LINCOLN–A Lincoln police officer was honored for uncovering a construction company’s alleged scheme to defraud a local bank.

"The people of Lincoln and local financial institutions suffer big losses each year because of scammers and people committing fraud,” explained Mayor Chris Beutler.

Thanks to the work of one LPD investigator, two of those alleged scammers are behind bars.

Timothy Mika, who is part of the Lincoln Police Department’s Technical Investigations Unit, was presented with the Mayor’s Award of Excellence Monday afternoon, in front of family and friends.

"I’m just so proud of him.  He does such a great job at home and at work. There’s not a whole lot of people that can pull that off,” said Mika’s wife, Summer Mika.

“This award kind of helps cement that,” she added.

Mika took on the case nearly two years ago, after a local bank reported losses of more than $250,000, through its transactions with Rindone Incorporated.

Investigators say the company’s owners, Jeffrey and Scott Rindone, had used bogus documentation to obtain lines of credit.

"I looked into it.  There was either work that was never done or the subcontractors never got paid,” Investigator Mika said.

More than 20 subcontractors were ripped off by the construction company, according to Mika.

"It was just one of those things where there were so many businesses being affected, I had to make sure the right thing was done and try to see if I could find any criminal charges,” Mika said.

Mika presented his case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal indictments were filed against both Jeffrey and Scott Rindone this past August: one count of Conspiracy, and seven counts of Bank Fraud.