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STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford man was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison Tuesday for defrauding Cisco Systems of more than $800,000 through a service contract scheme, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly announced Tuesday.

Craig A. Stanland, 40, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release after his prison term by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond in New Haven. He was also ordered to make restitution to Cisco Systems, according to the statement from Daly.

From October 2012 until his October 2013 arrest, Stanland, who either owned or controlled 18 service contracts, used aliases to make hundreds of service requests for purported defective parts, according to the statement. Cisco shipped the replacement parts to various addresses, including to Stanland’s Stamford home and to a pair of Greenwich post office boxes.

He sold the new parts and either returned no defective parts to Cisco or instead sent third-party off-brand parts.

The retail cost of the parts ranged from $500 to $8,600; the total loss to Cisco was $834,307.

Stanland used some of the money to dine at high-end restaurants in Fairfield County and New York City.

Stanland waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud on Jan. 22 in the case.

The Greenwich Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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