December 11, 2013
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.
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