charged in October with running a fraudulent computer networking parts scheme pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, authorities announced that evening.A man
to Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut,
Stamford resident Craig A. Stanland, 40, waived his right to indictment
and pleaded before a judge to one count of mail fraud arising from a
scheme in which he obtained hundreds of computer parts from Cisco
Systems, Inc. through the use of multiple aliases, business entities,
post office boxes, and shipping addresses.
2012, Stanland began operating a service contract fraud scheme in which
he purchased or controlled approximately 18 service contracts for Cisco
networking parts. He then used aliases to make hundreds of false service
requests to Cisco to replace purportedly defective computer networking
parts, which Cisco would fulfill by mailing replacement parts to his
home in Stamford, various addresses in Brooklyn, NY, and two PO boxes in
Stanland then sold the new parts to third
parties to "enrich himself," Daly said. Although he was supposed to
return the allegedly defective parts to Cisco, he either returned no
parts at all or sent third-party, off-brand parts.
this scheme, Stanland obtained nearly 600 parts from Cisco ranging in
value from approximately $500 to $8,600, totaling a loss for Cisco of
Stanland was arrested on October 1, 2013, and been
free on bond of $100,000 since then. He is scheduled to be sentenced on
April 21, 2014. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
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