Contractor who defrauded Cisco gets 5-year term

January 21, 2009 10:10:34 AM PST
A federal judge has sentenced a former Newark city contractor to five years in prison for a scam that defrauded a prominent computer company of several million dollars. Michael Kyereme, of Piscataway, provided technical support for Newark and was authorized to buy replacement computer parts from Cisco Systems.

The 41-year-old admitted that over several years he falsely claimed various computer parts had failed, then ordered replacement equipment that he later sold for personal gain.

The scam defrauded San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco of nearly $4.2 million.

Prosecutors say that Kyereme, who was sentenced Tuesday, resold the parts in California. He pleaded guilty in July to mail fraud and tax evasion.

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