AD EXEC PLEADS GUILTY IN PRINT SCANDAL

Barry Holland Received Kickbacks From Color Wheel Founder

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- A former executive at Viacom's Viacom Outdoor Group pleaded guilty today to participating in a scheme in which he accepted about $176,000 in kickbacks in exchange for steering printing contracts to a printing vendor, the Justice Department said today.

Color Wheel
Barry Holland, who was a vice president at advertising firm Transportation Displays and later at Viacom Outdoor Group, was responsible for purchasing printing services from outside vendors. He pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks from Manhattan graphics services company The Color Wheel in exchange for Transportation Displays' business.

In March, Haluk Ergulec, the founder

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and former owner of The Color Wheel, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and was ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution to companies harmed by Mr. Ergulec's kickback scheme.

Mr. Holland's sentencing date was set for Oct. 22.

John Chessa
Separately, a federal court judge last month sentenced John Chessa, former co-owner of a Manhattan printing brokerage company, to 15 months in prison for his participation in schemes to defraud clients of Grey Global Group ad agency Grey Worlwide.

Mr. Chessa last October pleaded guilty to inflating invoices issued by his company to Grey from 1991 to mid-2000. According to court papers, the inflated invoices were passed on to Grey's clients for payment. Mr. Chessa also pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks to a former vice president and manager of graphic services at Grey, Joseph Panaccione, from November 1999 to December 2000.

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