Mario Easevoli, 33, was sentenced to 12 years and seven months and his wife Jennifer Easevoli, 29 was sentenced to 9 years followed by 3 years of supervised release.
Jennifer wrote on a social networking website “For those of you who knew me and doubted me – I made it, and I made it big. I am bigger and better than you thought I could be.
I am extremely happily married to the most wonderful man, I have a genious step-son and I am more successful than I could have dreamed and I have had a great time all the while.”
The couple ran an Italian restaurant called Angelina’s Ristorante in Oro Valley, Arizona, and set up Synergy Communications Corp. in North Carolina, with Mario Easevoli serving as president and Jennifer Easevoli as vice president. Then they hired Jason Allan Conway, 34, of Hendersonville, N.C., (who received a prison term of four years), to be an agent and employee of the company.
They defrauded Cisco Systems, through a service contract that allows users to obtain technical support and replacements for covered equipment. The defendants submitted fraudulent claims, by using phony names, to receive replacement parts that were shipped to addresses in several states. The Easevolis and Conway then sold the items, the U.S. Justice Department says. Under the contract, Synergy was supposed to be the end-user of those products.
All three defendants pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering and were ordered to pay $21.7 million in restitution.Channels: cisco, fraud, smartnet