Many readers are familiar with the home shopping network QVC. The company is based in Pennsylvania, and much of the on-air programming is filmed within the state. An employee for the company who works as a manager within the lighting department was recently arrested, and now stands charged with multiple counts of fraud.
The 58-year-old Lower Saucon man was in charge of securing lighting services for QVC productions. Within that role, he contracted with multiple lighting contractors. He also owns two different lighting companies, both of which were hired to provide services to QVC.
According to federal investigators, the manager submitted invoices to QVC for services that were never provided. Two other individuals are also alleged to have collaborated with the manager in submitting fake invoices, and are also facing federal charges in the matter. Between the three men, authorities estimate that more than $760,000 was fraudulently procured from QVC.
The manager has been charged with money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was released on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to make an appearance in federal court to be arraigned. He has not yet made a statement concerning these charges.
The initial reports of this matter do not indicate whether the manager's lighting businesses did in fact provide some level of service to QVC. If those companies did provide lighting work for QVC productions, a criminal defense strategy may focus on providing a complete breakdown of those services and the related charges. It is also unclear whether the other two men charged in the matter have provided information to federal authorities in return for leniency within their own fraud cases. If so, the Pennsylvania manager and his legal team may focus on the legitimacy of that information.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Lower Saucon man accused of bilking QVC out of $1.8M", Nick Falsone, Sept. 24, 2015