EX-COLOR WHEEL SALESMAN PLEADS GUILTY

Charges Include Mail Fraud and Antitrust Conspiracy

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- A former salesman at print production company Color Wheel, New York, today pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and antitrust conspiracy.

Guilty plea
Gabriel Casas, an ex-Color Wheel salesman primarily responsible for serving Color Wheel client Grey Global Group's Grey Advertising, New York, pleaded guilty before Judge William Pauley in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 10, 2003.

Bid-rigging
According to court documents,

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from late 1994 through approximately 2001, Mr. Casas and co-conspirators engaged in a bid-rigging scheme for the allocation of contracts for retouching and separation on work for Grey Advertising client Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp.

The papers also say that Mr. Casas agreed with certain co-conspirators to defraud certain Grey clients by causing Color Wheel to issue false invoices relating to its contracts to produce graphic services and materials for advertising.

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