Passaic County Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Jail for Role in Stealing Oral Care Forms From Employer and Shipping Them Abroad | USAO-NJ


NEWARK, NJ – A former research technician and scientist with a global consumer products company who researched, developed, designed, manufactured, marketed and sold consumer oral care products was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for his role in a wire fraud conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Muamer Reci, 58, of Haskell, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Judge Cecchi handed down the sentence today in federal court in Newark.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In August 2012, two people established a consumer hygiene and cleaning products company, Reci & Sons, which in November 2015 established a subsidiary, Reci Enterprises, in Macedonia. Reci never disclosed the existence of Reci & Sons or Reci Enterprises to her employer.

A document dated July 31, 2016 titled “Project Eurodent” was retrieved from Reci’s work email account. The document (the Eurodent business plan) described a plan for Reci Enterprises to develop, manufacture and sell a toothpaste named Eurodent. Eurodent’s business plan stated as one of its objectives to “launch Reci Enterprises’ research laboratories and manufacturing complex to the public by the fourth quarter of 2017”. Eurodent’s business plan valued the company at around $2 million.

As the planned construction date for the manufacturing facility approached, Reci sent several emails to someone at Reci & Sons attaching her employer’s proprietary toothpaste formulas for existing products and a never-before-seen toothpaste product, as well as proprietary laboratory procedures for employer products. For example, on August 9, 2017, Reci emailed someone stating, “[p]print this [sic] formulas and classify them. Attached to the email were proprietary toothpaste formulas owned by the employer, including formulas for a dry mouth toothpaste that the employer had not yet launched, and a children’s toothpaste marketed by the employer. The email also attached Reci Enterprises’ Eurodent toothpaste formula, which contained the proprietary features of the employer’s existing product.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Cecchi sentenced Reci to three years of probation and ordered him to pay $188,384 in restitution.

US Attorney Sellinger credited FBI Special Agents, under Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Messenger in Newark, with the investigation that led to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari B. Fontecchio of the Economic Crimes Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

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