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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014, Posted On: 1/22/2014

Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced In Energy Candy Vending Swindle

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, nationwide vending scam, biz-op promoter, Pearl Pastilock, L.J. Gubitosa Inc., American Vending Systems, energy product vending scam, vending fraud, Judge David Cercone, vending machine scheme

PITTSBURGH -- A woman arrested for her role in a nationwide vending scam will spend one year and one day behind bars, a federal judge here ruled on Jan. 10. Pearl Pastilock, 50, pleaded guilty in June to conspiring with L.J. Gubitosa Inc., which did business as American Vending Systems.

The Colorado-based business-opportunity promoter allegedly promised investors they could make a living from the profits of vending machines selling energy candy, but instead swindled them out of tens of thousands of dollars, prosecutors say. The men who led the scam were sentenced in 2011. | READ MORE

According to prosecutors, Pastilock made about $25,000 from the scam during three years. She allegedly represented herself as the owner of a successful energy candy vending machine franchise to persuade 200 to 250 people to invest thousands of dollars in the scam, costing some their life savings.

U.S. District Judge David Cercone also sentenced Pastilock to three years of probation and ordered her to pay a share of the $215,000 restitution related to her involvement in the scheme.

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