TRONTZES GET HARD TIME FOR FRAUD

NEW YORK — A federal judge has sentenced a father and son, former apparel manufacturers, to prison sentences after they pleaded guilty to defrauding their factor of $8.9 million through a phony invoicing scheme.
Richard Trontz, of South Orange, N.J., and his son Scott, of Tempe, Ariz., operated Claude Apparel Co. Inc., formerly of 148 West 37th St., and admitted submitting more than $11 million in phony paper to Midlantic Commercial Corp. over a 12-month period ended April 1995.
Most of the bogus orders were mailed to Midlantic in the second half of the period, according to Robert Krut, the U.S. Postal Inspector who worked the case. Krut told WWD that while the Trontzes plowed much of the money back into the company, the two did use some of the money to lead a lavish lifestyle, with a $500,000 Manhattan penthouse owned by the elder Trontz and $9,000-a-month rent on an apartment occupied by the son.
U.S. District Court Judge Alfred M. Wolin, in Newark, N.J., sentenced Richard Trontz to a 37-month prison term and Scott Trontz to an 18-month prison term.

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