EX-PURCHASING AGENT INDICTED IN KICKBACK SCHEME

Allegedly Conspired With Salesmen to Award Printing Contracts

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- A former purchasing agent at Brouillard Communications, New York, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on 17 counts of conspiracy, commercial bribery, mail fraud and witness tampering.

At his arraignment today in Manhattan federal court, Lawrence Scaglione, 68, pleaded not guilty and was released on bond.

Kickbacks
According to the indictment, Mr. Scaglione took kickbacks while he was Brouillard's purchasing agent from salesmen representing various printing vendors. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleged Mr. Scaglione awarded Brouillard's contracts for commercial printing and other services to those vendors.

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Mr. Scaglione was employed by the WPP Group agency for a period ending in 2001. He was responsible for awarding business contracts to suppliers of commercial printing and other related servcies.

Mr. Scaglione was charged with three counts of conspiracy, six counts of commercial bribery, and six counts of mail fraud related to the alleged kickback scheme. He also faces two counts of witness tampering for allegedly peersuading the salesmen to deny the kickback scheme.

If convicted he faces five years' imprisonment for each of the consipracy, fraud and bribery counts. He faces a 10-year sentence for the two tampering counts.

Previous charges
Mr. Scaglione in 1997 pleaded guilty to charges of tax evasion from 1989 through 1992 on money received through a kickback scheme he participated in while employed at J. Walter Thompson, New York, court papers say. He was sentenced to three years' probation.

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