Elizabeth Man Sentenced for Interstate Theft Scheme

An Elizabeth man was sentenced today to 45 months in prison for operating a scheme to fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in commercial and residential merchandise from various companies, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Officials say Roy Depack, a/k/a “Ray Depack,” a/k/a “Roy Soriano,” a/k/a “John Soriano,” 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Beginning in 2014, Depack and others conspired to fraudulently obtain merchandise – including Apple computers, digital scales, a walk-in freezer, a snow blower, a gas backpack blower, Samsung televisions, and Milwaukee tools kits – from at least six different victim companies. Depack fraudulently obtained and attempted to obtain more than $900,000 in merchandise.

Authorities say Depack called the victim companies and falsely claimed to be a representative of companies that had pre-existing business relationships, lines of credit, or accounts with the victim companies. Depack would then direct the victim companies to ship the products to various addresses in New York, Newark, Elizabeth, and Union, New Jersey, while the victims billed the companies that Depack was pretending to represent. Depack and others sold the goods to pawn stores and other individuals.

For example, on April 10, 2017, Depack, using the name “Mike Clarke” and falsely claiming to be a representative of a food distribution company, ordered one digital scale, valued at approximately $3,614, from a victim identified in the information as “Company Six,” and directed that it be delivered to Elizabeth. After the scale was delivered on April 11, 2017, Depack and another individual sold it at a pawn store in Newark for approximately $700.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Depack to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $394,143.