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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

New York Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Wire Fraud Scheme

NEWARK, N.J. – An Orange County, New York, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for allegedly orchestrating a wire fraud scheme that involved manipulating a business’ payroll service, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Patrick Snoop, 35, of Monroe, New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From November 2015 through July 2019, Snoop served as an office manager and bookkeeper for a company based in Union, New Jersey. Beginning in March of 2016, Snoop used his position to fraudulently inflate his salary on several occasions by providing falsified information to a payroll company used by his employer. The unauthorized changes resulted in $494,373 in losses to the company.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martinotti sentenced Snoop to three years of supervised release and ordered restitution of $494,373.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamel Semper, Chief of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit, in Newark.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
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Press Release Number: 
20-426
Updated November 18, 2020