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NC couple accused of defrauding Cisco of $23M

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RALEIGH — Prosecutors say a North Carolina couple has been charged with stiffing Cisco Systems Inc. in a $23 million mail fraud and money laundering scheme.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh said Wednesday Mario and Jennifer Easevoli were arrested Sept. 28 in Phoenix. A third person has not been arrested.

The indictment says Mario Easevoli was president of North Carolina-based Synergy Communications Corp. Jennifer Easevoli was vice president. Authorities say the three used fictitious companies to get networking equipment parts from California-based Cisco. They
sold the parts, depositing proceeds in a Synergy account.

Court papers did not say if the Easevolis have attorneys. The Bureau of Prisons Web site said Mario Easevoli was being held in Oklahoma City and had no listing for Jennifer Easevoli.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Prosecutors say a North Carolina couple has been charged with stiffing Cisco Systems Inc. in a $23 million mail fraud and money laundering scheme.

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