MEDIA COURTHOUSE – A Secane man has been sentenced to 23 months in prison after pleading for theft and conspiracy in a $ 102,000 fraud scheme.
Eric Stankiewicz, 35, was also sentenced to five years probation for his role in the theft of a Clifton Heights industrial equipment supplier through fraudulent credit card transactions. Co-accused Dory Sater, 45, of Drexel Hill, is scheduled for a motions hearing on December 2.
According to probable cause affidavits, the Clifton Heights Police Department received a theft report from CAPP / USA on April 1. Clifton Heights Police Sgt. Stephen Brown and Detective Edward Silberstein of the County Criminal Investigations Division discovered that Stankiewicz, a longtime company employee, had generated unauthorized sales receipts, purchase orders and credit card payments .
After creating the fraudulent purchase orders, Stankiewicz made 31 fraudulent payments using CAPP / USA credit cards through Square Inc.’s online credit card processing systems and PayPal at two companies: Esquire Specialty Parts Sales Company in the New Jersey and Rhoads Vintage in Norwood.
Esquire, which was owned by Sater, allegedly received 27 fraudulent payments totaling $ 95,591. According to the affidavits, four other payments totaling $ 6,426 went to Rhoads Vintage, which belonged to Stankiewicz’s aunt.
The owner of Rhoads Vintage told investigators that Stankiewicz used the company’s PayPal system to sell items and receive $ 6,426 from CAPP / USA for his own benefit. She said Stankiewicz told her he made “a big mistake” and didn’t have the money to pay her back, according to the affidavits. Detectives also determined that Sater transferred $ 40,000 from a Square Inc. account he controlled to an account controlled by Stankiewicz, according to the affidavits.
The total amount of the attributable loss is $ 102,017.57, which will be paid jointly and severally by the two defendants under the negotiated guilty plea drawn up by Assistant District Attorney Douglas Rhodes and defense attorney Robert Keller. Rhodes indicated that $ 5,000 would go to CAPP / US with the remainder going to the company’s insurer.
Common Pleas Judge Margaret Amoroso questioned Stankiewicz’s ability to pay restitution and feared he would return to court in five years to seek release from probation with a remaining debt.
Keller told Amoroso that his client accepts full responsibility, has a university education and has a lot of potential. He said Stankiwicz lost a brother and his life “got out of hand”.
Stankiewicz acknowledged that the amount owed is “astronomical,” but said he intended to do everything in his power to meet his obligations and would meet the recommendations of a drug and drug assessment. alcoholism.
“I know I need help and I know I made a mistake,” he said. “I plan to try to rectify it as best I can.”
Sater, a lawyer whose license to practice law was suspended in October 2018, was convicted in federal court in November 2020 of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft offenses. He has been denied requests for a new trial and acquittal, and faces up to 32 years in prison in the case. Sater remains in custody pending 10% of the $ 200,000 bond.