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Internet scam nets 30-day term

The operator of two troubled Internet companies told the court he has had a "wake-up call" about improper business practices. But that didn't stop the judge from sentencing him to 30 days in jail, immediately closing down his businesses and ordering him to pay at least $90,000 in restitution.

Craig J. Schieder, 36, was taken away in handcuffs this week under orders of State Supreme Court Justice John P. Lane. The judge found Schieder guilty of criminal contempt of court for violating an Oct. 7 restraining order temporarily blocking further business by Schieder's Best Buy Vending and Best Buy Laundry. Both operated out of offices on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga.

Under Lane's order, Schieder must pay $10,000 immediately after completing his term in the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, and then make 12 monthly restitution payments. Lane also barred Schieder, of East Amherst, from operating any Internet-related businesses for five years.

Schieder also was ordered to account for up to $15,000 in funds he illegally collected after the Oct. 7 court order, and add that amount to the customer restitution fund unless he can prove he used any part of those funds for legitimate business reasons.


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