WOBURN — A 48-year-old former Dracut man was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of probation, and ordered to pay nearly $1.7 million in restitution to two former employers who he admitted to stealing from.
Robert Gantz, of Methuen, and formerly of Dracut, must also attend Gambler’s Anonymous as deemed necessary by probation officials, according to court records.
Gantz pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to a total of six counts of larceny over $250, five counts of tax evasion, and two counts of falsifying entries in books, according to court records.
The charges are connected to two separate but similar cases.
In the first case, Gantz admitted he stole over $1 million in computer equipment from Beacon Health Options, of Woburn, where he worked as vice president of information technology from 2010 to August 2015.
Prosecutors say Gantz ordered computer equipment at the company’s expense, and then sold it to third-party wholesalers over the internet, while falsifying company books to make it appear the computer equipment was still in the company’s inventory.
In October of 2015, shortly after Gantz left the company, officials at Beacon noticed “irregular purchasing practices” and began an internal investigation, according to prosecutors.
During that same month, Gantz got a new job as vice president of information technology at PeopleFluent — a Waltham-based company that helps other companies find new hires and train employees.
Prosecutors say Gantz stole about $420,000 of computer equipment from PeopleFluent using largely the same scheme he used at Beacon.
Gantz’s position enabled him to order equipment for the company, and Gantz ordered about 216 new computers paid for by PeopleFluent between October of 2015 and early 2017, when he was fired due to “sub-par” work habits, according to court filings.
Prosecutors said in court filings that in one instance, Gantz ordered four new laptop computers at PeopleFluent’s expensive on Jan. 25, 2017. Each new computer cost the company about $2,000, but Gantz sold all four computers to an individual in New Jersey for a total of $3,800, according to court filings.
Gantz was initially freed on personal recognizance after being arraigned in the Beacon case, but he was ordered held on bail after twice failing to appear at scheduled court hearings.
He was credited for 427 days he already spent behind bars while the cases against him were pending, according to court records.
Judge Kathe Tuttman ordered Gantz to pay $1.27 million in restitution to Beacon Health Options, and to pay $420,000 in restitution to PeopleFluent, according to court records.
His attorney, David Larsen, did not return a call seeking comment.
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