NEWARK NJ – Courtney P. Shorter, 48, of Roselle and owner of a New Jersey freight shipping company, was sentenced on Tuesday to 41 months in prison for billing a medical devices and pharmaceutical company more than $3 million for services that were never provided, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Shorter previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of mail fraud.

Shorter is the owner of  Sam Shorter & Son Delivery Service LLC, a freight shipping and trucking company in Long Valley. Shorter admitted that he and others sent more than 1,725 fraudulent invoices for work that was never actually performed. As a result of the invoices, Shorter received $3,039,840 from a company which he later deposited into bank accounts he controlled and used for personal expenses, including more than $120,000 in jewelry. 

In addition to the prison term, Shorter was sentenced to two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $3,039,840 in restitution.