2 Brothers Sentenced on Wire, Mail Fraud Charges

Dec 17, 2013 -- 9:22am

Two brothers have been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Wilmington for defrauding churches, nonprofits and small businesses in two states.

36-year-old Barrett Staton of Nokomis, Florida and 37-year-old Matthew Staton of Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania were sentenced on December 13. In July, they were convicted on charges of wire and mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The Statons ran businesses that supplied copy machines to churches, nonprofits and small businesses in Harrisburg, greater Philadelphia, and in the Sarasota, Florida area. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says they altered signed lease agreements, and got customers to agree to new leases in exchange for paying off and refinancing leases.

Barrett Staton was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release. Matthew was sentenced to five years in prison and three years supervised release. They were each ordered to pay about $2 million in restitution.

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