School Sports Fraud?

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Two former executives of a sports equipment
company are facing federal fraud charges for allegedly swindling
dozens of schools in northern New Jersey.

Mitchell Kurlander of Allentown, Pa., and father-in-law Alan Abeshaus (AB'-ess-house) of Highland Beach, Fla., made initial appearances in federal court in Newark Wednesday afternoon. They face multiple mail- and wire-fraud counts, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Bail was set at $500,000 for Kurlander and $250,000 for Abeshaus, both secured by property.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the two men used their company, Easton, Pa.- based Circle System Group, to defraud schools and
youth sports programs by double-billing, inflating invoices and drawing up fake bids from other companies.

Abeshaus' lawyer says his client wasn't involved in any conspiracy. Kurlander's attorney couldn't immediately be reached.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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