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Ex-Panda Express Recruiters Get Jail For $1.5M Invoice Con

Law360, New York (January 4, 2018, 8:49 PM EST) -- Two recruiters for Panda Express on Wednesday were sentenced to prison for running a $1.5 million false invoice scheme in which they billed the fast casual Chinese restaurant chain for finding fictitious job candidates.

Derek Cyrus, 53, of Lithonia, Georgia, was sentenced to nearly four-and-a-half years in prison, while Chuck Sandford, 74, of Marietta, Georgia, was hit with a 15 month stretch. Cyrus and Sandford both owned recruiting companies, Diversified Recruiters and Chuck Sandford Consultants, respectively, and Cyrus also worked in-house at Panda Express in 2012 and 2013.

Prosecutors say the pair submitted bogus invoices from their companies, claiming they had...

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