A Stamford man arrested by federal agents with assistance from Greenwich Police last fall has been sentenced to two years behind bars. Last January, Craig Stanland, 40, plead guilty to one count of mail fraud in connection with a sprawling fraudulent computer parts scheme at U.S. District Court in New Haven.
Stanland will spend 24 months in federal prison followed by three more years of supervised and has been ordered to recompense computer part manufacturer Cisco Systems for the $834,307 worth of parts he stole. Stanland faced a maximum 20 years in prison.
According to the U.S. District Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly, Stanland had been operating a scam service contract scheme for nearly a year, purchasing or otherwise controlling 14 contracts for Cisco computer parts prior to his arrest in October 2013. Stanland handled many of these fraudulent under the guise of fake business and aliases, according to a statement from the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Using these falsified identities, Stanland made hundreds of requests to Cisco for the replacement of defective networking parts, which were sent by the company to one of several locations, including Stanland’s home address, his wife’s business in Brooklyn, and several Greenwich post offices. By their contractual agreement, Stanland was expected to send all defective parts back to Cisco. He would either send off-brand parts or nothing at all. The U.S. Attorney’s office said that some 400 parts, ranging from $500 to $8,600, were obtained in this way.
The investigation into Stanland’s scheme was a joint effort between the FBI and Greenwich Police.