Hearing set in 12-state school sports fraud case
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former executives of a company that reconditioned football helmets and other gear are scheduled in court in New Jersey on charges of swindling dozens of schools in 12 states.
Mitchell Kurlander and Alan Abeshaus (AB'-iss-hows) are appearing in federal court in Newark.
They were arrested in 2011 on charges of using their company, Easton, Pa.- based Circle System Group, to defraud schools and youth sports programs over 10 years ending in 2007.
According to the indictment, they duped schools to pay invoices twice, created fake price quotes from competitors and inflated invoices to reimburse the company for money it had given to school charities. They also were accused of showering school officials with gifts.
Prosecutors say schools were swindled in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Michigan.