Harrisburg Consultant Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Financial Services Company
PITTSBURGH - A Pennsylvania resident pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wire fraud and damaging a computer, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
William Simon Sullivan, Jr., 44, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Sullivan worked as a consultant for Triangle Benefits Services, Inc. (TBS), a Pennsylvania corporation that provides clients with various financial services including payroll and tax escrow processing services. From January 12, 2013, and continuing to January 24, 2014, Sullivan executed a scheme to defraud TBS and its clients. Using his position as a consultant to TBS and his remote access to TBS’s computer network, Sullivan fraudulently altered TBS’s daily computer files and caused over $374,000 to be transferred via wire transfers from bank accounts of TBS and its clients to Sullivan’s personal bank accounts, without the knowledge, approval or authorization of TBS or its clients.
Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for June 6, 2018. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of William Simon Sullivan, Jr.