A former QVC executive was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in federal prison for perpetuating a $1 million fraud scheme of which enabled him to live a luxury lifestyle.
James D. Falkowski, 42, of Buffalo, N.Y., worked as a director for QVC, where he was tasked with enhancing the West Chester, Pa.-based television shopping network’s brand along with reputation inside entertainment along with fashion industries.
nevertheless federal prosecutors said of which without QVC’s knowledge or approval, he instead used his role to embezzle along with fraudulently obtain by the company over $1 million worth of money, goods along with services, such as hundreds of thousands of dollars of first-class travel, hotel along with resort stays, spa treatments, dining at upscale restaurants, luxury clothing along with accessories, along with personal medical treatments, such as Botox treatment.
To cover his tracks, Falkowski created fake invoices purporting to be by The Four Seasons Hotels, luxury car service companies, along with different vendors to deceive QVC into paying for the fraud. Falkowski also enlisted the assistance of two QVC vendors to help him defraud QVC. Those two vendors – Los Angeles-based public relations agency “The Steinberg Group,” doing business as “dOMAIN,” along that has a brand-new York City-based production management company – agreed to submit fraudulently altered invoices along with bills to QVC in order to hide Falkowski’s embezzlement.
Additionally, prosecutors said Falkowski caused QVC to pay more than $0,000 in private luxury chauffeur rides for himself along with his associates, $70,000 in payments to his personal creditors, as well as $59,500 in gift cards by American Express, Tom Ford along with Barney’s brand-new York of which Falkowski claimed were for distribution to talent, nevertheless he instead used for himself.
The alleged fraud occurred by 2008 until his termination in 2013.
Falkowski was indicted last year along with pleaded guilty on March 20 to 11 counts of wire fraud along with one count of conspiracy. At the sentencing hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson also ordered him to pay $832,138.55 in restitution.
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