The former information-technology director at Valley Forge Christian College in Pennsylvania was sentenced to two years probation in federal court Wednesday after defrauding the college. He got the institution to purchase computer equipment at artificially high prices and in return received kickbacks from the equipment vendor.
The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reported that Craig Stirling had conspired with officials of Intellacom Inc. for two and a half years. Mr. Stirling convinced the college to buy Intellacom equipment at an inflated price. The company would then pay the IT chief a portion of the inflated price, according to The Hazleton Standard-Speaker. Mr. Stirling pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in May.
U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo ordered Mr. Stirling to pay back the college $27,202 to cover the uneccesary costs and serve the first six months of his sentence on house arrest. The Times-Leader said the owner of Intellacom who was implicated in the fraud, Anthony Trombetta, has not had formal charges filed against him.