A Canoga Park man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution for defrauding businesses into buying overpriced office supplies.
Brian Alan Hale, 43, had pleaded guilty in February, 1991, to one count of mail fraud in connection with the illegal scheme to sell supplies through a Sherman Oaks-based telemarketing business, National Industries of America, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Harriet M. Rolnick.
Rolnick said Hale and other NIA salesmen gave cash and gifts to purchasing agents as an enticement to get them to accept NIA products at high prices. Rolnick said Hale overcharged Hollywood-based Glen Glenn Sound Co. on more than $41,000 of stationery products.
Hale is the third person sentenced in the case.