Ex-Dracut #man facing new #computer #theft charges

WOBURN — A 47-year-old former Dracut man who is already facing indictments alleging he stole more than $1 million in computer equipment from a former employer is facing a new indictment alleging he also stole over $400,000 in computers from a subsequent employer.

Robert Gantz, of Methuen, a former president of Dracut Pop Warner who has since cut all ties with that organization, is being held on $5,000 cash bail in the new case, according to court records.

Gantz was already being held on $10,000 cash bail following his indictment earlier this year on five counts of larceny over $250, five counts of tax evasion, and a single count of false entry into corporate books, according to court records.

In that case, Gantz is accused of stealing over $1 million of computer switches from Beacon Health Options, of Woburn, where he worked as vice president of information technology operations from 2010 to August 2015.

Prosecutors say Gantz ordered the computer equipment at the company’s expense, but then sold it to third-party wholesalers over the Internet, all while falsifying company books to make it appear the equipment was still in the inventory of Beacon Health Options.

Gantz was initially released on personal recognizance in that case, but was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after twice failing to appear at scheduled hearings, according to court records.

The new indictment faced by Gantz, which was handed down by a grand jury late last month, alleges that after Gantz left Beacon Health Options, he became the Vice President of Information Technology at PeopleFluent — a Waltham-based company that helps other companies find new hires and train employees.

Gantz held that position from October of 2015 until Jan. 31 of this year, when he was fired because his “work habits became sub-par,” prosecutors said in a court filing.

Prosecutors say Gantz stole from his new employer using a scheme that was similar to the one he used at Beacon Health Options.

Gantz’s new position enabled him to order computer equipment for the company, and prosecutors say Gantz ordered about $420,000 worth of new laptop computers and tablets at the company’s expense.

But Gantz would then take the computers home and resell them via the Internet, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said in a court filing that one particular sale exemplifies how the scheme worked.

Gantz received four new laptop computers that he ordered at PeopleFluent’s expense on Jan. 25, according to a court filing. Each new computer cost the company $2,000, according to prosecutors.

But the following day, Gantz shipped all four computers to an individual in New Jersey, according to prosecutors, who said a review of Gantz’s financial records, emails, and PayPal account show that he sold the stolen computers for a total of $3,800.

“These same records show him repeatedly personally selling computer equipment and receiving payments for the same during the entire course of his fifteen months of employment at PeopleFluent,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing. “The records do not reveal any payments for the computers he was selling during that period. The reason for that is that they were paid for by PeopleFluent.”

Prosecutors say Gantz purchased and resold 216 computers over the course of the scheme, earning about $235,000 for himself while costing PeopleFluent about $420,000.

Gantz’s attorney, David Larsen, of Somerville, did not return a message seeking comment.

Gantz was president of Dracut Pop Warner in 2008, but later cut all ties to the organization and is no longer associated with the league, according to Brian Martin, vice president of the league’s board of directors. Gantz was also involved in several other youth sports programs in Dracut, though recent court filings say he now lives in Methuen

Martin said earlier this year that Dracut Pop Warner is reviewing their finances from the years when Gantz was involved to ensure there are no irregularities.

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