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Man sentenced in sports novelty scam

on August 08, 2013 10:29 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A partner in a Pittsburgh business that sold sports and novelty items has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for defrauding suppliers out of more than $600,000.

Andrew Demasi, 63, of Natrona Heights, pleaded guilty in April to providing vendors with phone financial information about his company, A&R Services Inc., so he could buy Pittsburgh Steelers-themed items and other merchandise on credit, even though he had no intention to pay for the items.

He was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Demasi’s business partner, 64, Ronald Halpern, was sentenced to two years in federal prison in May.

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