28-year-old Jennifer Leigh Harmon Easevoli bragged on Classmates.com: "For those of you who knew me and doubted me - I made it, and I made it big. "I am bigger and better than you thought I could be. "I am more successful than I could have dreamed and I have had a great time all the while."
Unfortunately for Easevoli, the devil was in the details of how she made it, and made it big. She was arrested in Tucson, Arizona on September 28th and charged with stealing $23 million from Cisco in a classic scam to defraud Cisco's SMARTnet program. An investigation by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service determined Easevoli used dozens of fake names and fictitious companies to obtain replacement parts from Cisco. The parts were shipped to private mailboxes at UPS stores in eight states (the indictment says she used more than 21 fake company names and 80 fake personal names to obtain those mailboxes). Authorities allege Easevoli submitted fraudulent claims for replacement parts between January 2003 and July 2005 and then sold the parts to others, depositing the proceeds into a Synergy Communications Corp. bank account (she was the vice president of Synergy). Easevoli was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, aiding and abetting mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aiding and abetting mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater. Arrested in Tucson along with Easevoli and charged with the same crimes was her husband, 33-year-old Mario Easevoli, the founder and president of Synergy Communications Corp. A third man charged with the same crimes, 33-year-old Jason Allan Conway, is still at large. Related story: Two Arrested In $23 Million Fraud Scheme
What's your take, did Jennifer Leigh Harmon Easevoli make it bigger and better than you thought she could?
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