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Thursday, 13 May 2021 22:38

Pennsylvania Man Convicted of Fraud, Identity Theft, False Statement Offenses in Auto Warranty Scheme

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced on May 11, Brian Larry, 59, of Clark’s Summit, PA, was convicted following a seven-day jury trial held before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion of mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and false statement offenses. 

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Larry was charged with defrauding his former employer, a Wilkes-Barre-based automobile warranty company, from approximately January 2014 through October 2018. 

 

Larry was convicted of stealing the personal information of warranty policy owners and providing it to his coconspirators, who created false invoices for nonexistent automobile repair work supposedly performed at various garages in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, including by forging the policy owners’ signatures on the paperwork. The false and forged documentation was then sent to the warranty company, where Larry approved payment of the invoices. 

 

During the course of the scheme, Larry and his coconspirators obtained approximately $400,000 paid out by the warranty company pursuant to the false invoices, including thousands of dollars in repair work for Larry’s personal vehicle that he charged to other policy owners. The evidence at trial showed Larry then falsified internal warranty company documents in an attempt to conceal his crimes.

 

The jury returned a guilty verdict after approximately two hours of deliberation. Larry was convicted of every count in his indictment: one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of making a false statement to the FBI when he denied receiving cash kickbacks in exchange for his participation in the scheme.

 

Three of Larry’s coconspirators previously pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme, and are awaiting sentencing.

 

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