Stamford man pleads guilty to computer scheme

Stamford resident Craig Stanland, accused of running an $800,000 fraudulent computer networking parts scheme, recently plead guilty to criminal charges in federal court in New Haven.

In making the plea, Mr. Stanland waived his right to indictment.

Mr. Stanland was charged with one count of mail fraud arising from a service contract fraud scheme in which authorities say he obtained hundreds of computer networking parts from Cisco Systems, Inc. through the use of multiple aliases, business entities, and post office boxes and shipping addresses.

He made false service requests to Cisco to replace purportedly defective computer networking parts. Based on these requests, Cisco shipped replacement parts to various addresses at Mr. Stanland’s direction. But, instead of returning the allegedly defective parts to Cisco, he either returned no parts or instead sent the company off-brand parts. Mr. Stanland then sold the new parts to third parties.

Through this scheme, it was charged that Mr. Stanland fraudulently obtained nearly 600 parts from Cisco, amounting to a total loss of approximately $834,307 for the company.

Mr. Stanland is scheduled to be sentenced in court on April 21, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. He has been released on a $100,000 bond since his arrest on Oct. 1, 2013.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and it credited “valuable assistance” from the Greenwich Police Department as part of it. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Huang.

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