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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Quakertown Man Sentenced to 36 Months For Defrauding Lehigh University Fraternities And Sororities

Today, a federal judge sentenced Albert Fisher, 78 of Quakertown to 36 Months in prison for his role in conspiring to defraud fraternities, sororities and fraternity alumni associations at Lehigh University, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis L. Lappen. In addition, the Honorable Joseph F. Leeson Jr., United States District Judge, ordered the defendant to serve 3 years of supervised release upon release from prison, $2,470,247.52 restitution to victims, $205,000 restitution to Internal Revenue Service, as well as a $700 special assessment.

Fisher and Person #1 operated Fraternity Management Association (“FMA”), located in Bethlehem, PA, and created a fictitious consulting company, “Fisher and Associates,” which had FMA as its sole client. During the period charged, Person #1 was the Executive Director of FMA while Fisher was employed by FMA as both a full-time employee and as an independent contractor for Fisher and Associates. According to the indictment, between 2009 and 2013, Fisher and FMA’s Executive Director conspired to take money, as payment for future services, that was intended to pay for the operations and upkeep of the fraternities and sororities which included food services and the financial management of expenses. Instead of paying for future services, Fisher and the Executive Director misappropriated at least $1,461,777.96 in funds from FMA and the victim fraternities which he and the Executive Director used for their own personal purposes, including purchases of goods and services, vacation expenses, home furnishings, and designer clothing. Fisher allegedly lied to the victims about the money that was entrusted to FMA. When FMA ceased operations during the Spring of 2014, Fisher and the Executive Director caused an additional $990,157.41 in expenses for the fraternities, sororities and other victims, including Lehigh University, when the victims had to pay for operations and upkeep of the fraternities.

 

Fisher filed tax returns for tax years 2009 to 2013 which failed to report $614,398 in income, which included the defendant’s personal expenses that were paid by FMA and consulting fees authorized by the Executive Director and paid on behalf of FMA.

 

The case was investigated by Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, FBI Allentown Resident Agency and the Bethlehem Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Gallagher.

 

Updated February 22, 2017