A Seminole, Florida, man was sentenced on Tuesday to 51 months in prison for using fake invoices to defraud multiple factoring businesses, including one based in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Karl Stehlin,AKA “Mark Sawyer,” 61, previously pleaded guilty to Count One of an indictment charging him with wire fraud.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Stehlin admitted that from June 2014, through September 2014, he defrauded a Bergen County factoring business that purchased accounts receivable in return for short term financing. Stehlin created a bogus Idaho-based company, Sawyer Express Transportation, Inc., emailed accounts receivable invoices to the factoring company for transportation services that were never provided. As a result, Stehlin was able to defraud the factoring company out of $220,000 i advanced payment on those invoices.
During his plea hearing, Stehlin also admitted using the same methods to defraud a Glendale, California, factoring business out of $127,953,34 and a Las Vegas factoring business out of $524,025.28.
In addition to the prison term, Stehlin was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution of $837,618.29.