Brunswick man sentenced in fraud case

Posted Oct. 26, 2010, at 6:09 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A judge has sentenced a Brunswick man to more than six years in prison after his convictions for bank and mail fraud and escape.

U.S. District Judge George Singal on Tuesday sentenced Charles Stergios to 80 months. Evidence presented at his trial showed that Stergios engaged in a scheme to defraud Maine Bank and Trust by forging checks on its treasurer’s account and presented them to banks in New York City.

Stergios also defrauded USAA Bank of San Antonio, Texas, by opening four accounts, inflating their balances with fraudulent wire transfers, and extracting money through debit card purchases, an ATM withdrawal and a wire transfer into his own account.

Stergios pleaded guilty to an escape charge for violating a home confinement order stemming from an earlier fraud conviction.