Mitchell Kurlander, Alan Abeshaus plead guilty in school swindling case

Published: Apr 01 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2013 05:41:09 PM EDT

Two former executives have admitted to using an Easton-based company to swindle dozens of schools in 12 states.

Mitchell Kurlander and Alan Abeshaus pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a New Jersey court Tuesday.

The men served as chief financial officer and chief executive officer of the Circle System Group, which is an Easton-based company that refurbishes football helmets.

The men, police said, duped schools by double-billing, inflating invoices and drawing up fake bids from other companies.

They each face up to 20 years in prison.