Couple Arrested for Allegedly Scamming Cisco

Mario Easevoli and his wife, Jennifer Leigh Harmon Easevoli had set up a business called Synergy Communications. PC World reports that an investigation by the FBI, the IRS and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service supposedly found that the couple, along with an accomplice who is still at large, took advantage of Cisco's SMARTnet tech support program that ships replacement parts to companies.

According to the indictment, which was unsealed this week, the group used more than 21 fake companies and 80 fake names to obtain spare parts from Cisco. The parts were shipped to private mailboxes in eight states and then sold on to others.

The two are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, aiding and abetting mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted the North Carolina-based couple face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 for the charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aiding and abetting mail fraud. Conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to $500,000.

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  • pbrigido
    So they get 20 years in jail and have to pay up to $500,000. Seems like they will pocket $22.5 million in the end.

    Did they publish an how-to tutorial?
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  • jellico
    lamorpaIn order of sentences quoted: True, False, False, False, False. Not a good average.

    I studied fraud examination and forensic accounting at the graduate level under a PhD who is one of only a couple of people in New Mexico who consults at an expert witness in fraud examination, and has co-authored books and case studies in conjunction with experts from the FBI. He classes were very hands on, and he frequently had guests who were private fraud examiners for corporations, as well as members of the IRS, FBI, state and local law enforcement as well as the guys who created New Mexico's Fraud Investigation Division of State Taxation and Revenue.

    I could spend many pages recounting the cases that we studied, but, in the interest of brevity let me just say this. In Albuquerque, we have around 1000 officers in the Albuquerque Police Department. Most of those are street cops. There are hundreds of detectives, most assigned to robbery, homicide, gang taskforce, auto theft, etc. For ALL white collar crime (including ID theft, fraud, embezzelment, etc.), there are exactly FIVE detectives. That's it... 5! They get hundreds (sometimes thousands) of cases a week. Most of those will never be looked at.

    This scenario was echoed by those in law enforcement at the state and federal levels, as well as by the private fraud investigators. Most of the time, when an employee is caught committing some sort of fraud, they are simply terminated. But they won't tell anyone that calls for a reference why they were terminated, they will simply say that they won't hire them again (liability issues and such). Another reason is that, if a company is the victim of a fraud that costs them millions of dollars, the damage to their reputation far exceeds their losses through fraud. A perfect example is this this discussion. Go back and look at how many people are making comments critical of Cisco. Now imagine you're an executive at Cisco. Would you really want to have a discussion about this with prospective clients?

    So, lamorpa, next time you decide to call someone out, you really should have some facts to back up what you're saying.
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  • outacontrolpimp
    whose synergy communications?
    i dont know but lets send them parts!
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  • ssalim
    Alright! Put them in jail. They deserve that! There is no easy way in life!
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  • coldmast
    $23 Million and they thought what Cisco is not going to wonder who the 21 fake companies are?
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