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

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...conspiring to commit wire fraud and to aggravated identity theft, and is awaiting sentencing. 

 

Gershkoff was convicted of preparing false invoices for nonexistent automobile repairs at multiple automobile repair shops located in Rhode Island and in Massachusetts, and for forging policy owners’ signatures.

 

Gershkoff pleaded guilty May 18, 2020, to causing between $250,000 and $550,000 of fraudulent loss to the Wilkes-Barre-based automobile warranty company, and has agreed to repay restitution.

 

Jason Pannone, 39, of North Providence, RI, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud and to aggravated identity theft, and is awaiting sentencing. 

 

Pannone was convicted of processing false invoices for nonexistent automobile repairs through his Providence automobile detailing shop, Platinum Auto Services, and through a North Attleboro, MA, automobile repair shop, Ultra Auto Services

 

Pannone pleaded guilty March 23 to causing between $150,000 and $250,000 of fraudulent loss to the Wilkes-Barre-based automobile warranty company, and he has agreed to repay more than $128,000 in restitution.

 

Herman Cabral, 62, of Cranston, RI, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud.

 

Cabral was convicted of processing false invoices for nonexistent automobile repairs through his Providence automobile repair shop, A Plus Collision Center

 

Cabral pleaded guilty on July 23, 2019, to causing between $150,000 and $250,000 of fraudulent loss to the Wilkes-Barre-based automobile warranty company, and he has agreed to repay more than $211,000 in restitution.     
  
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Phillip J. Caraballo and Jeffrey St John prosecuted the case.

 

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the federal sentencing guidelines.

 

The maximum penalty under federal law for the fraud offenses are 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine. The aggravated identity theft charges carry a mandatory consecutive two-year minimum.  

 

Under the sentencing guidelines, the judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs.

 

For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

Source: U.S. State's Attorney's Office Middle District of Pennsylvania

 

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