Paul Hendler pleads not guilty to forgery and misrepresentation | USAO-VT

The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Paul Hendler, 49, of Burlington, pleaded not guilty today in United States District Court in Burlington to federal forgery and misrepresentation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle released Hendler on conditions pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

In 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office first charged Hendler in a sweeping fraud indictment that charged Hendler with committing a variety of frauds against individuals and businesses. Hendler eventually pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, and in 2015 was sent to prison. The court also ordered Hendler to pay compensation to multiple victims totaling approximately $555,000. When Hendler was released from prison, he began a three-year period of probation. As a condition of supervised release, the court ordered Hendler to pay 10% of his gross monthly income for his restitution obligation. Hendler’s release was supervised by the U.S. probation office in Vermont, and Hendler was required to submit monthly supervision reports to the probation office that included disclosures of monthly income and other cash receipts.

On January 27, 2022, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a two-count indictment charging Hendler with perjury and misrepresentation. According to the indictment, between 2019 and January 2021, Hendler performed consulting and other work for a company that operated two restaurants in South Hero. Also according to the indictment, in 2020, Hendler took possession of the company’s checkbook. Between 2019 and January 2021, the indictment alleges Hendler embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the business by stealing restaurant-generated cash receipts, forging the business owner‘s signature on checks that Hendler wrote to himself and fraudulently inducing the owner to give him blank checks, signed by her, which Hendler then made out to her name.

The second count accuses Hendler of making false statements to the US probation office in his monthly supervision reports. According to the indictment, the reports Hendler completed and submitted to Probation significantly underestimated the amount of money Hendler was receiving from the South Hero catering business.

The U.S. Attorney emphasizes that the charges in the indictment are charges only and that Hendler is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If convicted, Hendler faces up to ten years in prison for forgery, up to five years in prison for misrepresentation, and a fine of up to $250,000 for each violation. The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines. The United States is also seeking forfeiture of any money or property Hendler obtained through the alleged forgery.

This matter was investigated by the Boston office of the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of the Inspector General of Revenue.

Hendler was represented at today’s hearing by the Office of the Federal Public Defender. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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