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Gettysburg businessmen get prison time for defrauding charities

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The former owner of the Gettysburg Auto Exchange will spend 27 months in federal prison for defrauding charities that used his business to sell privately donated vehicles.

William C. Stake, 41, of Chambersburg, received the sentence Monday before U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III.

David R. Burk, 65, also of Chambersburg, was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and two years of supervised release. Burk is the former general manager of the business.

Both men were ordered to jointly pay $524,694 in restitution.

Stake and Burk were charged in November 2011 with operating a scheme to defraud charities that used the Gettysburg Auto Exchange to sell vehicles that had been donated by private individuals for charitable causes.

Stake, assisted by Burk, kept a significant portion of the sale proceeds for himself and then created false bills of sale indicating the vehicles had been sold at less than the actual price, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

Stake pleaded guilty to mail fraud and Burk pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.


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