Rochester Man Is Sentenced For Mail Fraud Conspiracy
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Hoeub Chan, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay restitution to Rochester Gas & Electric Company totaling $72,151 the Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that the defendant conspired with Phally Suong who worked as a customer service representative for Rochester Gas & Electric Company. Suong used her position to access RG&E billing systems and alter the customer information for inactive accounts awaiting refunds. Suong changed the information in the system from the names of actual customers to the names of herself, family and friends, including Chan. This resulted in fraudulent refund checks being mailed to these individuals. Chan received a number of fraudulent refund checks totaling over $72,000.
Charges are pending against Suong. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen.