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Former Controller of Export, PA Company Stole Nearly $200K and Falsified Financial Statements to Conceal the Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – A Plum Boro resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of wire fraud, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Victoria Mazur, 52, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Donetta Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Mazur was employed as a Controller for Gateway Packaging Corporation, which was located in Export, PA. From December 2012 until December 2017, she issued herself and her husband a total of approximately 189 fraudulent credit card refunds through the company’s point of sale terminal. The total loss from the fraudulent refunds was $190,829.01. The Court also was advised that Mazur fraudulently used the company’s credit cards for personal use for an additional loss of approximately $4,200.00. In order to conceal her fraud, Mazur supplied the owners with false financial statements that understated the company’s true sales figures.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for March 24, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison for the wire fraud conviction The law also provides for a fine of $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court permitted Mazur to remain out of prison on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Mazur.

Updated November 7, 2019

Topic
Financial Fraud