Two Guilty of Defrauding Adelphia

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Two men who used computer-service contracts to defraud Adelphia Communications Corp. entered guilty pleas, AP reported.

Josepf Steven Horvath, 41, and accomplice Daniel Wirth, 45, both agreed to forfeit more than $1 million garnered through fraudulent contracts arranged between them when Horvath was an information-technology manager for the MSO.

They each face a maximum of five years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines, but they are more likely to receive two to three years each, according to testimony Monday, AP reported. Sentencing hearings are scheduled for Sept. 14.

Horvath -- who used the name John Truelove when he worked for Adelphia's office in Buffalo, N.Y. -- is being held in custody awaiting trial in Lehigh County, Pa., where he is charged with burning down his Upper Saucon Township, Pa., home, AP said.

Wirth will remain under house arrest in Capitola, Calif., until he is sentenced.

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