Invoices, Lies & Four Trips to The Pokey
Casas tracked the amounts of Color Wheel's expenses while Panaccione identified which jobs should be inflated, along with where and how the price puffs should appear on the invoices.
Since much of the work, by the printers and the ad agency, involved crossing state lines, it became a federal offense. This is in violation of the Sherman Anti-trust Act. Since much of the material was mailed, it also became a matter of mail fraud.
Let this be a lesson to all printers who seek to defraud customers via second- or even third-party conspiracies—stick with counterfeiting. As Homer Simpson would say, that's a victimless crime.
By Erik Cagle