California Busts $126 Million Dollar Toner Pirate Scam

Federal investigators and Huntington Beach police teamed up Tuesday to arrest 20 defendants named in an indictment alleging a telemarketing scheme involving toner for copiers and printers that ripped off thousands of victims of $126 million.

The indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, alleges there were more than 50,000 victims who paid more than $126 million for printers and photocopiers at prices 10 times higher than the regular retail value, according to federal prosecutors.

Telemarketers involved in the alleged scheme would pose as the victims’ regular suppliers of the products, prosecutors said.

The indictment charges 23 defendants in the alleged conspiracy that dates back to 1988. Prosecutors allege that Gilbert N. Michaels of West Los Angeles was the mastermind.

State and federal judges had previously ordered Michaels to stop fraudulent and deceptive business practices related to toner sales, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Of the 23 defendants, two others are expected to surrender to authorities soon and investigators were looking for the final defendant.

“This toner fraud has been a tremendous burden on small businesses across America for many years,” U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said.

“The fraud had a tremendous impact on some victims, who reported a severe impact on their finances, and the collective losses caused by the fraud were massive.”

–City News Service

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Sharp Adds 4 New High Speed Color Devices

MAHWAH, NJ, June 15, 2016

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), announces four new models in its series of mid-to-high volume color document systems. The addition of these new color Advanced and Essentials series models brings the total number of models in the series to 10, all built on a single-engine platform with an easy-to-use common interface. Each model provides stunning color output with exceptional ease of use. Businesses will also appreciate the common toner supplies across all ten models.

New Color Advanced Series Models: MX-5070N and MX-6070N

The MX-5070N and MX-6070N Advanced Series models offer output speeds of up to 60 ppm in color or monochrome and provide enhanced workflow solutions for busy workgroups and departmental environments. The new models also come equipped with a Sharp walk-up motion sensor that detects a user approaching and brings the machine to ready condition within seconds. The MX-5070N and MX-6070N models can also scan documents at up to 200 images per minute with the standard duplexing single pass feeder. All of the color Advanced Series models include the latest version of Sharp OSA® technology for easy integration with network applications and cloud services. The MX-5070N and MX-6070N models join the MX-3070N, MX-3570N and MX-4070N color Advanced Series models, which launched in December.

New Color Essentials Series Models: MX-5050N and MX-6050N

The MX-5050N and MX-6050N Essentials Series models also offer output speeds up to 60 ppm, but are designed for cost-conscious customers, offering out-of-box multifunction capability at a strong value. For businesses that use both the color Essentials Series and color Advanced Series models, the learning curve is easy since they all use the same interface. The MX-5050N and MX-6050N models join the MX-3050N, MX-3550N and MX-4050N color Essentials Series models that launched earlier this year.

The color Advanced Series and color Essentials Series document systems are designed with users in mind, enabling them to easily set up and execute workflow tasks. Both series are equipped with the next generation Sharp touchscreen display, offering an intuitive graphical interface with Easy Copy and Easy Scan screens, as well as quick access to on-board operation guides. Both model series also support popular mobile technologies, including Apple®, AirPrint®, Mopria™ , Android™ Print Service, Google Cloud Print™ and Sharpdesk® Mobile. Multi-layered security features from Sharp help ensure intellectual property and personal information is protected throughout the life of the device, and includes a standard end-of-lease function that erases all data and personal information at trade-in time.

“We’re excited to present these four new models in the Sharp Advanced and Essentials Series, which continue to simplify and streamline the user experience with one of the most productive and easy-to-use MFPs in the industry,” said Shane Coffey, Senior Director, Hardware Product Management, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “We know that users today are often confused or intimidated by network-integrated multifunction printers that offer too many bells and whistles, and these new Sharp color workgroup document systems solve those concerns without sacrificing functionality. Additionally, these systems enable businesses to choose the performance and features they need from either series based on their needs.”

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Sharp Awarded 5-Star Rating in CRN®’s 2016 Partner Program Guide

Sharp Awarded 5-Star Rating in CRN®’s 2016 Partner Program Guide – Yahoo Finance

MAHWAH, N.J., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Sharp a 5-Star rating in its 2016 Partner Program Guide. This annual rating is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or deliver products through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

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CRN PPG 2016

In the past year, SIICA has added 240 new resellers to the program. The thriving channel reseller program is focused on channel sell-through, which makes it more convenient for resellers to do business. In addition, SIICA prides itself on making sure its partners have the resources needed for success. Sharp strives to go above and beyond in providing field-training opportunities that build product expertise. Partners can even qualify for loaner product units to show proof of concept to their customers. This platform provides top notch service to both partners and end users.

“Solution providers have more choices than ever before when it comes to selecting vendor partners. Identifying the right vendor with the right technologies and the right channel approach can mean the difference between successful adoption of a new technology or business model and an awkward, unnecessarily difficult integration,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings recognize the best channel programs available in the market today and serve as a valuable resource for solution providers looking for the right fit.”

“This distinction is a reflection of our enthusiastic team and showcases the innovation behind Sharp’s technologies,” said Mike Marusic, senior vice president, Marketing, Operations & Services, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “We strive to offer better solutions for our valued partners and we are meeting that goal. Our program keeps our customers one step ahead, and improves their efficiencies while also strengthening their position in the market.”

The 2016 Partner Program Guide will be featured in the April issue of CRN and online at

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Easy Scan Solutions on the Sharp MFP with Papercut

Secure, Easy Document Scanning for Sharp

PaperCut MF manages secure scanning with an easy solution for both System Admins and Users. With a couple of clicks at the device, users can scan documents to predefined folders or email addresses.

Intuitive Interface

Centralized deployment and management of user scanning

Scan to email or folders

Quick scan to pre-defined destinations

Scan Workflows:
Systems Admins control who can scan documents and to where

Easy Setup:
Scanning can be setup in minutes with minimal configuration requirements

See It In Action

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Collaboration & Advancing Technology in the Office Environment – Aquos Board Testimonial

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