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Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against a former QVC director accused of scamming the shopping network and running a kickback scheme with vendors that netted him a million dollars in products and cash.

James D. Falkowski, 42, who was in charge of promoting QVC Inc.’s brand in the entertainment and fashion industries, was indicted on 11 counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy.

Prosecutors claim Falkowski bilked QVC out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for personal expenses, including first-class travel and chauffeur rides, luxury hotel and resort stays, spa treatments, upscale restaurants, high-end clothing, Botox treatment and other luxuries.

Additionally, federal authorities accuse Falkowski of convincing QVC to hire an outside Los Angeles-based PR firm, the Steinberg Group, and a New York-based production company, SPEC Entertainment, to launder money and create false invoices to hide the cost of his charges.

Falkowski allegedly met with the executives of the two companies, including the Steinberg Group’s general counsel, and advised them on how to become QVC “vendor representatives,” which would earn them royalties from the network. Falkowski allegedly gave the executives confidential information from QVC that enabled them to negotiate a higher royalty percentage—and in exchange, Falkowski received a cut, roughly $240,000 total.

And according to the indictment, Falkowski was not shy about advocating for his share of the royalties.

“Let’s be clear of a few things: [...] You have a better deal [at QVC] than any other rep because of me solely,” Falkowski allegedly wrote in an email sent to both Steinberg’s president and general counsel.

Falkowski’s lawyer, Chad Curlett of Levin & Curlett in Baltimore, declined to comment. If convicted, Falkowski faces up to 11 years in prison along with a three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors claim that Falkowski often used his allegedly ill-gotten gains to shower friends with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of QVC products.

Some of his larger alleged expenses on the company dime included $200,000 in chauffeur services for himself and friends, approximately $28,000 in payments to a custom furniture maker for two tables for his Philadelphia apartment; and approximately $59,500 in pre-paid American Express, Tom Ford and Barneys New York gift cards for his own use. QVC fired him in 2013.

Falkowski’s legal woes began in 2015 when the Steinberg Group was sued by QVC, but the case was put on hold in November. Falkowski had not responded to the network’s complaint with court filings of his own.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against a former QVC director accused of scamming the shopping network and running a kickback scheme with vendors that netted him a million dollars in products and cash.

James D. Falkowski, 42, who was in charge of promoting QVC Inc. ‘s brand in the entertainment and fashion industries, was indicted on 11 counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy.

Prosecutors claim Falkowski bilked QVC out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for personal expenses, including first-class travel and chauffeur rides, luxury hotel and resort stays, spa treatments, upscale restaurants, high-end clothing, Botox treatment and other luxuries.

Additionally, federal authorities accuse Falkowski of convincing QVC to hire an outside Los Angeles-based PR firm, the Steinberg Group, and a New York-based production company, SPEC Entertainment, to launder money and create false invoices to hide the cost of his charges.

Falkowski allegedly met with the executives of the two companies, including the Steinberg Group’s general counsel, and advised them on how to become QVC “vendor representatives,” which would earn them royalties from the network. Falkowski allegedly gave the executives confidential information from QVC that enabled them to negotiate a higher royalty percentage—and in exchange, Falkowski received a cut, roughly $240,000 total.

And according to the indictment, Falkowski was not shy about advocating for his share of the royalties.

“Let’s be clear of a few things: [...] You have a better deal [at QVC] than any other rep because of me solely,” Falkowski allegedly wrote in an email sent to both Steinberg’s president and general counsel.

Falkowski’s lawyer, Chad Curlett of Levin & Curlett in Baltimore, declined to comment. If convicted, Falkowski faces up to 11 years in prison along with a three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors claim that Falkowski often used his allegedly ill-gotten gains to shower friends with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of QVC products.

Some of his larger alleged expenses on the company dime included $200,000 in chauffeur services for himself and friends, approximately $28,000 in payments to a custom furniture maker for two tables for his Philadelphia apartment; and approximately $59,500 in pre-paid American Express , Tom Ford and Barneys New York gift cards for his own use. QVC fired him in 2013.

Falkowski’s legal woes began in 2015 when the Steinberg Group was sued by QVC, but the case was put on hold in November. Falkowski had not responded to the network’s complaint with court filings of his own.