Vickram Bedi Gets 3-9 Years in State Prison

Chappaqua man and operator of Mount Kisco business has been sentenced, district attorney's office announces.

A Chappaqua man who pleaded guilty in November to a massive swindle of more than $21 million from a Katonah pianist and oil company fortune heir, has been sentenced to an "indeterminate term" to three to nine years in state prison, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's office.

Vickram Bedi, 38, pleaded guilty in November to one count of first-degree grand larceny, a Class B felony. He also pleaded guilty to another count of the same offense, the DA's office said, but awaits sentencing for it on March 26.

Bedi is accused of swindling from Roger Davidson, a great grand-nephew and great-grandson of the founding brothers of Schlumberger Ltd., a large oil services company. The timeline in question ran from August 2004 through August of 2010, the DA's office said. Davidson initially came into's Bedi's business, Mount Kisco computer services company Datalink , to report a computer virus and was concerned about salvaging music, documents and photos he stored on it. Bedi, the DA's office says, then told Davidson that his computer not only had a virus, but that it also damages computers at the store.

Bedi is then accused of deceiving Davidso by saying that he was in personal danger, and got him to pay for computer and security services. He then told Davidson, the DA's office said, that his uncle was an officer in India's military and tracked down the source of the virus in Honduras and retrieved a hard drive on a reconnaissance mission. The DA's office also said that Bedi told Davidson he was in danger from Polish priests affiliated with the Opus Dei Catholic church order, and that the Central Intelligence Agency was spying on him.

The matter first came to light, the DA's office said, in July 2010 when Harrison police came to them because of a related civil issue. And investigation ensued, with police from Harrison, Mount Kisco and New Castle, along with the DA's office, being involved.

Bedi, along with girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir, were arrested in November 2010. Invarsdottir, accused of conspiring with Bedi, pleaded guilty the following month to a count of first-degree grand larceny and a count of second-degree grand larceny, both felonies. She will be sentenced for both counts on April 23.

william kelly March 07, 2013 at 12:16 AM
I have a family business next to the the Bedi for years. He and his father were always the worst to deal. Know respect for others people property . Look at the kind of tentants they have in there building at 167 East Main Street. I have had to report them to the village manys times for the way they handle things that are clearly not the normal. Oddly enought the village officals including the police department always supported them, Funny look who is in jail , just happy he gone, hopefully Mommy Bedi moves on too.
william kelly March 07, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Art Chambers March 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Lisa: One of mty best friends is named Buchman - from Great Barrington.
Art Chambers March 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I'cw been in the Computer business for about 30 years and have to take my hat off to this character for originality.I've never come across any reports of menacing from Polish priests. TO even come up with the idea is amazing, not to mention selling Davidson on the idea. Did he saay it was a rare tropical kind of virus (from Honduras?) something modern computer medicine has yet to find a cure for.
Geoff Jakob April 15, 2013 at 05:26 PM
And about the $400M "trust fund" from Lichtenstein Davidson's lawyers allegedly wrote as "inheritance"?! And 60 years of unpaid taxes? That's called tripping over your own feet...Vickram Bedi may have a new cellie


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