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Ohio Man Sentenced To 33 Months In Prison For Defrauding Essex County, New Jersey, Company Out Of More Than $950,000

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Milford, Ohio, man was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for using an Essex County, New Jersey, medical company’s credit card without the company’s permission to fraudulently obtain more than $950,000, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

John Tekulve, 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to an information charging him with wire fraud. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

From January 2011 through October 2012, Tekulve owned a medical supply company that sold products to an Essex County medical company. He obtained the company’s credit card information, which he used to fraudulently bill the company nearly $1 million for products and services that neither Tekulve nor his medical supply company provided. Tekulve then used the proceeds of the scheme for his own purposes, including the purchase of high-end automobiles and jewelry.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hayden sentenced Tekulve to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $977,418.75.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents with the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Mark McKevitt in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Veronica Allende of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Trenton.

Defense counsel: Peter Carter Esq., Newark

Updated September 12, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-342