- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The operator of a New Jersey-based bulk mailing house has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in a scheme prosecutors say defrauded clients out of more than $1 million.

Harold Clevett of Middlesex was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Newark. He previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Clevett was also ordered to pay restitution of $999,461 and serve a year of supervised release.

The 68-year-old Clevett and his son, Mark Clevett, both admitted to using their Succasunna-based bulk mailing house, Clevett Worldwide Mailers, to run a scheme in which they discarded and shredded nearly 3 million pieces of customer mail between 2007 and 2011, instead of delivering them.

Mark Clevett, 37, of Randolph, was sentenced Feb. 24 to a two year prison term.

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