NEW YORK (AP) — Three men have been sentenced to 20 years in prison on fraud and other charges for their roles in a scandal-plagued automated payroll technology project for New York City.
Mark Mazer, Gerard Denault and Dimitry Aronshtein were convicted in November after a six-week trial before U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels in Manhattan. Daniels sentenced them Monday, calling it a "classic tale of greed and corruption."
Technology company SAIC Inc. paid more than $500 million in restitution and penalties to avoid prosecution.
The so-called CityTime project began as a $63 million attempt to automate employee timekeeping. Prosecutors say it ballooned tenfold into what authorities say was an epic fraud involving kickbacks, systemic overbilling and an international money laundering conspiracy.
The defendants began serving their prison terms immediately.