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A former director at QVC was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday. James D. Falkowski of Buffalo pleaded guilty in March to 11 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. The 42-year-old operated a multi-faceted fraud scheme while working at the West Chester-based televised and internet-based home shopping network.  Falkowski used his position at QVC to embezzle and fraudulently obtain from QVC more than $1,000,000 worth of money, goods and services, all without QVC’s knowledge or approval. This also included hundreds of thousands of dollars of first-class travel, luxury hotel and resort stays, spa treatments, upscale restaurants, luxury clothing, luxury accessories, and personal medical treatments including botox. Falkowski also fraudulently caused QVC to pay over $200,000 in private luxury chauffeur rides for himself and his friends and associates, approximately $70,000 in payments to his personal creditors – including by causing QVC to pay more than $28,000 for a custom coffee table and credenza for Falkowski’s Philadelphia apartment – as well as $59,500 in gift cards from American Express, Tom Ford, and Barney’s New York that Falkowski claimed were for distribution to talent, but used for himself. Falkowski also pleaded guilty to participating in illegal kickback deals with two separate QVC vendors. At the sentencing hearing, United States District Judge Michael M. Baylson also ordered that Falkowski pay $832,138.55 in restitution.