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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Former Sutherland Global Services Employees Sentenced for Fraud

 

         ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul announced today that Brian Wergin, 31, and Bohdan “Don” Luzecky, 46, both of Rochester, N.Y., who were both convicted of mail fraud, were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. Wergin was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $281,964.34 in restitution. Luzecky was sentenced to 27 months in prison and to pay restitution in the amount of $235,499.34.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, stated that while employed at Sutherland Global Services where they were assigned to provide technical support to Intuit, Inc., the defendants utilized Sutherland computers to place false and fraudulent orders for free, replacement discs of Intuit software, including TurboTax and Quicken. Between December 2009 and October 2011, the defendants ordered more than 6,500 discs to which they were not entitled. After receiving the software discs at addresses in Rochester and 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 sentencings are the culmination of an investigation on the part of Inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector Kevin Niland, Boston Division, and Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian P. Boetig.