Bertram Cohen, Howard Marlin Pleaded Guilty to Tax and Mail Fraud

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NEW YORK ( -- Two New York printing execs each were sentenced Feb. 4 for their roles in kickback schemes involving ad agency Impact Communications.

Bertram Cohen, former owner and chief executive of Darbert Offset Corp., was sentenced to 21 months in prision, live under supervised release for two years and pay restitution of $300,000 to Impact Communications. Mr. Cohen, 67, pleaded guilty on Sept. 27 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and to commit tax fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Howard Marlin, 69, former owner and chief executive of printing brokerage Caysun Graphics, pleaded guilty to the same charges on Sept. 25 and was sentenced to supervised release for five years, perform 500 hours of community service and pay $40,000 in restitution to Impact.

According to investigators at the Department of Justice's antitrust division, Messrs. Cohen and Marlin participated in a scheme in which each paid or authorized payment of kickbacks to a purchasing agent at Impact Communications to ensure that each of their companies would receive a portion of the total value of contracts for work awarded to Impact.

The two men, authorities say, caused their companies to file false income tax returns. Each of the two men and their spouses also filed false individual tax returns for several years.

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