Ex-spouses sentenced to 12 months in prison
for wire-fraud conspiracy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2012
Caused $500,000 in Losses to Customers of Their Mailing Business
TRENTON, N.J. – The owners and operators of KA Mailers LLC, an Eatontown, N.J., bulk mailing house, were sentenced today to prison for defrauding clients by dumping large amounts of mail rather than posting it, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Joseph Bisogno, 49, and Kathleen Bisogno, 52, both of Toms River, N.J., were each sentenced to one year and one day in prison. The defendants previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to Informations charging them with one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentences today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The Bisognos, formerly married, were the owners and operators of KA Mailers, which was contracted by clients to handle large mailings. Clients sent their mail jobs to them for folding, envelope stuffing, labeling, and delivery of mail material to the post office. KA Mailers charged a fee based on the amount of postage necessary to mail the job, as well as a fee for the services it provided in preparing the mail for shipment.
Both defendants admitted that they would not always mail the amount of mail contracted, but would dump the excess mail and create bogus postal forms to make it appear that the mailings had been completed. The fraud began in September 2005 and lasted through March 2011, causing $500,000 in losses for 55 victims, mostly local businesses.
Judge Sheridan ordered Joseph Bisogno’s sentence to commence in January 2014, after Kathleen Bisogno’s release from prison. In addition to the prison terms, Judge Sheridan sentenced each defendant to two years of supervised release. Each was ordered to pay $497,844 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited inspectors under the direction of U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett with the investigation leading to today’s sentences.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Clabby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Joseph Bisogno: Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton
Kathleen Bisogno: Bruce L. Throckmorton Esq., Trenton