BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Two Connecticut men were sentenced Friday for their admitted roles in a mail fraud scheme that defrauded two companies out of at least $600,000, federal authorities said.
Daniel Wall, 59, of Bridgeport, was sentenced to three years of probation, with the first 12 months served in home confinement, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly. Adam Meyers, 44, of Southbury, received a sentence of 18 months in prison and three years of probation.
According to Daly, Meyers pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. In July, Wall pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the men worked with Jason Torrance, who, along with Meyers, masterminded the scheme that enabled the trio to“defraud their employers by arranging payments on goods that never shipped.”
The “goods,” which, in this case, came from the New Haven branch of a New Jersey-based electrical and industrial supply company, were supposed to have gone to a New Britain-based electrical subcontractor, Daly said.
Daly said that Meyers would identify distributor projects with sufficient profit margins that would enable the trio to steal a significant figure.
According to Daly, the flow of the scheme began when Meyers submitted a purchase order for “materials” to Torrance. Torrance then submitted the purchase order to Wall for the materials to be sent to Meyers. Wall then sent an order to the distributing company, which paid the invoice.
All told, each of the men benefitted from the scam at the two companies’ expense, according to Daly.
While Meyers and Wall were sentenced Friday, Torrance's sentence is pending.
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