MADISON, Wis. -

A 46-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday for defrauding a bank and would-be customers in a credit card application scheme, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Timothy D. Mueller, of Elroy, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison, officials said. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 3.

According to the release, between August 2006 and September 2008, Mueller did business as Advanced Home Tech/Custom Creations and Windesigns, and engaged in a scheme to defraud GE Money Banks and would-be customers.

As part of the scheme, Mueller ran TV commercials advertising free doors to people who agreed to let his company make in-home sales presentations for windows, according to the release. Once inside the home, Mueller’s sales representatives convinced people to fill out applications for credit cards, telling them the applications were to determine their financing qualifications.

Mueller would then file the applications and charge the credit cards without authorization or knowledge of the would-be customers, according to the release. GE Money Banks covered the loss to the customers of $391,298.75, and Mueller was ordered to pay restitution in that amount to GE.

The judge noted that Mueller’s scheme was rather elaborate, involving many potential victims, and that Mueller was verbally abusive to at least one of the customers who complained, according to the release. The judge also considered Mueller’s significant criminal record, which included three convictions for driving under the influence, in his sentencing.