ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Brian Wergin, 30; Bodhan “Don” Luzecky, 45; Raymond Locklin, 28; all of Rochester, New York; and Christi Meehan, 31, formerly of Rochester, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud against Intuit Inc. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who is handling the case, stated that between October 2009 and October 2011, the defendants were employees of Sutherland Global Services, assigned as Help Desk Support Technicians for Intuit Inc., the maker of software products including TurboTax and Quicken. According to the complaint, the defendants placed false orders for more than 8,000 TurboTax and Quicken free or replacement software discs, which they then sold and retained the proceeds for their own benefit. The loss to Intuit is estimated at more than $1,000,000.
The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation on the part of inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Robert Bethel, Boston Division; and special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.