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66 Months Jail For Indian-American, 36, For Selling Stolen Products Online

His confederate has additionally been sentenced to a yr and a day in jail. (Representational)


A 36-year-old Indian-American has been sentenced to 66 months in jail within the US for purchasing stolen Apple merchandise meant for Native American faculty kids within the US state of New Mexico after which promoting them on-line.

In addition to the sentence, US District Judge Catherine C Blake additionally ordered Saurabh Chawla, who’s from Aurora in Colorado, to pay USD 713,619 as restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

He can also be requested to signal an order of forfeiture requiring him to forfeit a 2013 Tesla Model S, USD 2,308,062.61 from accounts held in his identify, and the sale of property in Aurora, Colorado, in keeping with an announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland on Wednesday.

As per the court docket paperwork, Chawla purchased Apple merchandise from Kristy Stock, who labored for the Central Consolidated School District in New Mexico from 2010 to 2019 and was chargeable for overseeing a programme to offer Apple iPods to highschool kids with the intent of benefitting Native American kids residing on tribal reservations in New Mexico.

The court docket additionally sentenced Stock, who admitted that she stole greater than 3,000 iPods from 2013 to 2018 bought by the college district, to 18 months in jail.

Chawla’s confederate James Bender has additionally been sentenced to a yr and a day in jail, the assertion mentioned.

According to the paperwork, from October 2015 to 2018, Stock and Chawla dealt immediately with one another, in emails, texts, and cellphone calls. Stock repeatedly suggested Chawla of the gadgets she had obtained, offering particulars such because the mannequin, color and variety of Apple merchandise obtainable.

Chawla and Stock then negotiated a worth, and Stock shipped the gadgets to Chawla’s relative on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. Chawla paid Stock by way of PayPal.

Stock admitted that she acquired greater than USD 800,000 in unlawful proceeds from promoting stolen iPods price greater than USD 1 million. After his relative acquired the stolen items from Stock, Chawla listed them on the market on-line by way of eBay at a considerable markup, the assertion mentioned.

Beginning in 2014, James Bender agreed to permit good pal Chawla, and a relative of Chawla’s, to promote items and merchandise by way of Bender’s eBay accounts.

Chawla’s eBay account had beforehand been suspended attributable to safety issues. From May 2014 by way of August 2019, Bender and Chawla conspired in order that the latter might use Bender’s eBay and PayPal accounts to promote stolen items and merchandise, it mentioned.

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