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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Former Sutherland Global Services Employees Plead Guilty to Mail Fraud

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Brian Wergin, 31, and Bohdan “Don” Luzecky, 45, both of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, to mail fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who is handling the case, stated that the defendants placed false orders for free copies of replacement Intuit software, including TurboTax and Quicken, while employed by Sutherland Global Services.  After receiving the software at addresses in Rochester, Atlanta, GA, the defendants sold the software online, including through eBay.com, to customers throughout the United States. Wergin and Luzecky then kept the proceeds for themselves, knowing that they were not authorized to obtain or sell the software.

The pleas are the culmination of an investigation on the part of Inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, under the direction of Inspector Kevin Niland and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel.

            Sentencing is scheduled for October 2, 2013, 3:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.