BOSTON - A North Attleboro man was convicted today in federal court of running a computer equipment warranty scam between 2005 and 2010.
Matthew J. Kuc, 32, was convicted by a jury of four counts of wire fraud; one count of the receipt, possession and storage of stolen property in interstate commerce; and one count of aggravated identity theft. United States District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Sept. 21, 2012. Kuc faces up to 32 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, forfeiture, restitution and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss, whichever is highest.
During the four-day trial, the evidence proved that between 2005 and 2010, Kuc was president and CEO of a company called Total Asset Recovery, which sold Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and 3Com computer components through an eBay storefront. The evidence also proved that Kuc obtained these components by tricking Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and 3Com to replace supposedly broken equipment under warranty, which he falsely claimed to own. Kuc’s scheme worked in part because he used multiple names, addresses, corporate names, telephone numbers and variations thereof to get past the computer companies’ fraud detection mechanisms. Those assumed names included the name of Kuc’s former friend. The value of the fraudulently-obtained computer parts is estimated to be as high as $3.6 million.
U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; and Chief John Reilly of the North Attleboro Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amy Harman Burkart and Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Cybercrimes Unit.