Philly bar owner sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Michael Hoffner, Sr., 52, of Voorhees, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

The Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg also imposed a three year term of supervised release and ordered the defendant to pay $87,060 in restitution and to forfeit $82,643 in proceeds.

According to the superseding indictment Hoffner owned the Brown Street Pub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At his guilty plea hearing on July 31, 2017, Hoffner admitted that on 40 occasions between September and December 2012, Hoffner used a stolen credit number to make charges at the pub to credit and debit cards issued by American Express, Navy Federal Credit Union, USAA, ACNB, and the State Employees Credit Union of Maryland.

The average fraudulent charge was more than $2,000. The cardholders were not aware of and did not authorize these transactions.

The proceeds of these transactions, more than $87,000, went into an account that Hoffner controlled.

The case was investigated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, and the United States Secret Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David J. Ignall and Christopher J. Mannion.