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Stoughton Man Sentenced for Mail Fraud

May 30, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bryan Cook, 42, Stoughton, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 90 days in prison for mail fraud. Judge Conley also directed Cook to pay a $10,000 fine and $8,826.40 in restitution. Cook pled guilty to this charge on March 5, 2012.

The charges stemmed from Cook's scheme to defraud Metavante (now FIS Global) and to deprive Metavante of the honest services of Luis Abreu, then a Metavante employee. In exchange for a kickback, Abreu agreed to arrange for Cook's company to retain a lucrative telephone call campaign directed at customers who were delinquent on their credit card payments. Cook's kickback to Abreu was based on the number of calls that Cook's company placed on behalf of Metavante.

Abreu has also pled guilty to a felony charge stemming from this investigation and will be sentenced before Judge Conley on June 19, 2012.

The charge against Cook was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O'Shea.

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