A jury was selected Monday for the trial of a man prosecutors say was influential in defrauding Temple-Inland Inc. out of millions of dollars.

Aaron Wilbert Freeman, 50, is accused of working with several other men as part of a conspiracy to defraud the timber company out of $4.8 million in a two-year period.

Freeman’s trial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Rome.

According to the 2009 indictment:

Freeman and eight others stole from the company by creating “phantom” timber loads.

Temple-Inland paid timber brokers and drivers more than $4.8 million for tractor-trailer loads of timber that did not exist, and the defendants received and shared approximately $4.2 million of that money.

The men allegedly manipulated weight house scales to produce two weight payment tickets on one delivery.

Freeman worked in the timber scale house, where tractor-trailers were weighed as they brought loads of timber to the paper mill.

Several of the truck drivers involved in the scheme have already pleaded guilty, including Kevin Antonio Fields, who pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud in June.

Fields, a former lumber tractor-trailer driver, said Freeman recruited him. Fields said he then recruited his father, Curtis Hart, and his friend Jason Joseph to participate. Freeman also admitted to recruiting Andrew Carthern, Robert Frank Ferguson Jr. and George Bonner Tate, all truck drivers. Two other men were later recruited.

Fields agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to provide any documents that could be used as evidence relating to the case. He also agreed to testify if necessary. “Whether we call him or not, I can’t say yet. But, we probably will considering that he was one of the biggest beneficiaries in the conspiracy,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Will Traynor said in June.

Ferguson also agreed to testify against Freeman. He pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud.

A trial date has not been set for Hart, who pleaded not guilty to money laundering and wire fraud. Carthern, Joseph and Tate have pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud.

None of the alleged conspirators has been sentenced.

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