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Hanover appliance salesman sentenced to three years in prison

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A former Hanover appliance salesman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for perpetrating a more than $150,000 bank fraud and money laundering scheme, according to a news release from Pennsylvania's Middle District court.

Matthew Norris, 34, must also pay more than $148,000 in restitution, according to Monday's sentencing. 

The scheme took place in 2011, when Norris owned and operated an Aerus Electrolux franchise on York Street in Hanover, according to the court. Norris pleaded guilty in December to submitting more than two dozen credit applications using his customers' names and information without their consent and charging their accounts for fictional sales.

Norris's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Norris netted $157,785 through the fraud, but an Electrolux executive discovered the scheme in October 2011 after growing suspicious of the transactions and performing an onsite audit of the business.

Aerus Electrolux is a home appliance chain that specializes in vacuums and air purifiers. It has more than 500 franchises in the U.S. and Canada.

Norris is scheduled to begin his prison sentence July 26.

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Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @jenni_wentz.

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