BALTIMORE (AP) — The president of a bulk mailing company has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for defrauding charities and nonprofits by failing to provide contracted services.

Fifty-eight-year-old William Bigelow was also ordered to forfeit more than $600,000 that the charities lost at sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Baltimore.

According to his plea agreement, Bigelow was the president of RMS Direct Inc., a mail preparation service in Frederick. Prosecutors say RMS clients were primarily non-profit corporations that relied upon the mailings sent through RMS to raise money.

Authorities say the company mailed items late or not at all, but still charged clients.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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