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October 21, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A married couple was convicted yesterday in federal court of mail fraud in connection with their theft of $122,000 from Computershare, Inc., a shareholder services company in Canton.

SUSAN ANASTASI, 41, and her husband, EDWARD ANASTASI, 46, both of Brockton, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner to one count of mail fraud.

At the plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that, between August 2008 and December 2009, Susan Anastasi used her position as an Account Manager at Computershare to arrange for certain shareholders’ investments to be sold and checks for the sale proceeds to be made out Edward Anastasi and mailed to him. Susan Anastasi was terminated from Computershare when they discovered the scheme.

Judge Gertner scheduled sentencing for January 27, 2011. Susan Anastasi and Edward Anastasi face up to 20 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine J. Wichers of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.


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