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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Middleton Man Sentenced For Fraud

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Erick Torrez, 36, Middleton, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 21 months in federal prison, followed by five years supervised release, for embezzlement from the Hy Cite Corporation, of Madison, Wis. Torrez was also ordered to pay $147,224.84 in restitution. Torrez pleaded guilty to this charge on January 10, 2013.

The Hy Cite Corporation is a Madison based corporation that sells cookware and air and water filtration systems through individual authorized distributors who personally demonstrate the features of the products directly to consumers in their homes. Torrez was employed by Hy Cite as a distributor service representative between 2002 and 2009. Between April 2006 and July 2009, Torrez fraudulently obtained approximately $147,224.84 from Hy Cite by diverting funds to a bank account controlled by him at Park Bank.

The charges against Torrez were the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Jarosz .

Updated July 14, 2015