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Guilford contractor receives prison time for submitting false documents to USPS

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A Guilford contractor will spend time behind bars for submitting false documents to the U.S. Post Office.

Marcel Van Wolvelaerd, 63, was sentenced six months in prison and two years of supervised release in Hartford on Wednesday.

According to officials, Van Wolvelaerd owned and operated Cable Comm, LLC when he submitted false documents to the U.S. Post Office. According to court documents and statements, “from approximately 2007 and 2014, USPS contracted with Cable Comm to perform, repair, and maintenance work at various USPS facilities.” 

In 2017, Van Wolvelaerd looked for payment on specific repair and maintenance services performed in Connecticut. However, USPS inquired that Van Wolvelaerd showed evidence of his costs. Evidently, Van Wolvelaerd presented false invoices to the USPS.

USPS received three false invoices from an electric company. Officials said two invoices deceitfully enlarged CableComm’s costs, and the third invoice was completely fabricated. 

Van Wolvelaerd’s investigation also uncovered that he presented USPS Facilities Project Manager, Robert Giulietti $59,000 “in exchange for Cable Comm’s receiving USPS contracts.” 

Back in Dec. 2017, Van Wolvelaerd pleaded guilty to one count of submitting false claims to USPS. 

Giulietti pleaded guilty in Feb. 2014, to bribery, fraud, and tax offenses as he accepted the $59,0000 from Van Wolvelaerd. As a result, Giulietti received 42 months of imprisonment, a restitution fee of $882,064, and $291,026 in back taxes, interest, and penalties.

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