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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Software Mail Fraud Scheme

 

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Raymond Locklin, 29, of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer, to conspiracy to commit 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 defendant, a former employee of Sutherland Global Services, conspired with co-defendant Christi Meehan, to obtain copies of Intuit Inc. software. The two then sold the software online. Locklin and Meehan 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, the defendants sold the software online, including on eBay.com, to customers throughout the United States. The defendants then kept the proceeds for themselves which resulted in a loss to Intuit of approximately $260,000. Christi Meehan previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail fraud.            

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

            Locklin will be sentenced on scheduled for August 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. before Judge Larimer.  Co-defendant Christi Meehan will be sentenced by Judge Larimer on July 16, 2013 at 10 a.m.