Cisco swindler sentenced

Counterfeiter Charles Lacy-Thompson gets 30 months in prison.

It was not a good day for convicted counterfeit Cisco swindler - Charles Lacy-Thompson:

Michael J. Garcia - the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Mark J. Mershon the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that Charles Lacy-Thompson - the former owner of Coletronic Computer, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for trafficking in counterfeit Cisco Systems products.

The sentence was imposed in White Plains federal court by United States District Judge - Stephen C. Robinson, who also ordered Lacy-Thompson (who showed no visible reaction to the sentence) to pay US$2.2 million in forfeiture and restitution.

"This was a crime of pure greed," said US District Court Judge - Stephen C. Robinson.

"This was an individual who could have done things the right way."

"The only consequence of that is that he would have been less rich."

Judge Robinson said the great majority of the sales Lacy-Thompson's company made during the scheme were fraudulent.

Quoting from a pre-sentence report, Judge Robinson said the company had US$3.9 million in sales in 2005 and US$4.9 in 2006.

Judge Robinson denied the request of Lacy-Thompson's lawyer, Phil Foglia, who asked that his client receive no prison time.

But the judge's sentence of 30 months was lower than the one requested by Assistant US Attorney Maria Douvas, who sought 46 to 57 months.

Foglia asked the judge to consider aspects of Lacy-Thompson's life other than his crime.

He said Lacy-Thompson has touched the lives of many children as a youth sports coach and been a stellar father to his two daughters.

He has also done volunteer work for a local food pantry, Foglia said.

"He's the kind of man a community wants - a good family man who's interested in the betterment of his community," Foglia said.

Foglia told Judge Robinson that Lacy-Thompson had taken responsibility for his crime.

Lacy-Thompson, who was originally indicted on October 24, 2007, pleaded guilty to the charges on April 30, 2008.

According to the indictment, other documents filed in this case, and statements made in court:

From 2003 to 2007, Lacy-Thompson engaged in a scheme to transport computer equipment and packaging bearing counterfeit Cisco marks.

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