CONCORD — A California man was sentenced today in federal court for wire fraud charges, according to U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young.
Jesse Hernandez, also known as Kevin Zarbalas, 61, formerly of Los Angeles, received a 30-month prison term from senior U.S.
District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro, along with 3 years of supervised release post-incarceration.
Hernandez was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $88,815.29 to three companies he victimized across different states.
“This financial scheme continued even while he was facing charges in New Hampshire,” U.S. Attorney Young stated. “The sentence ensures that he will be prevented from harming business owners during his incarceration.”
In May 2019, Hernandez carried out a scheme to defraud a New Hampshire business, identified as TH, by offering a customized ice cream truck for an event in California.
TH was led to believe that Hernandez’s company, Mobie Experiential Trucks (Mobie), was experienced and competitively priced in the experiential vehicle industry.
However, the presentation Hernandez provided contained misleading images from other companies and the internet.
The promised ice cream truck was never delivered, and the funds were used for other purposes.
After Hernandez pleaded guilty on December 1, 2021, a Minnesota-based company, known as AA, reported being similarly defrauded by Hernandez.
In 2022, he tried to deceive a New York company using the alias “Kevin Zarbalas.” Following these incidents, Hernandez’s bail was revoked, and he has been detained since his arrest in California in March.