For­mer potato chip exec gets prison for $1.4 mil­lion fraud

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

HAR­RIS­BURG >> A for­mer ex­ec­u­tive with a Penn­syl­va­nia potato chip and snack food com­pany will spend more than four years in fed­eral prison for de­fraud­ing the com­pany out of roughly $1.4 mil­lion.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kevin My­ers was sen­tenced to 51 months in prison Tues­day af­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing in July that he re­ceived $651,000 in kick­backs while pur­chas­ing direc­tor at Utz Qual­ity foods in Hanover.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors say My­ers re­ceived the kick­backs from 45-year-old Jonathan Haas, who owned Haas Pack­ag­ing and De­sign when the thefts oc­curred be­tween Jan­uary 2010 and Au­gust 2014.

Haas pleaded guilty in July to sub­mit­ting bo­gus in­voices for $1.4 mil­lion in shelv­ing and pack­ag­ing prod­ucts that were never de­liv­ered to Utz, and kick­ing back some money to My­ers.

Haas will be sen­tenced Jan. 12 be­fore the same fed­eral judge in Har­ris­burg.

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