White collar crimes and e-commerce fraud
White collar crimes like internet fraud are not taken lightly by prosecutors. Without qualified representation, someone charged with electronic fraud can spend a long time in jail and spend the rest of his or her life paying back the people they scammed. And make no mistake, just because white collar crimes like fraud aren’t considered violent crimes, that doesn’t mean you won’t be spending time among all sorts of criminals while locked up. Two people from Romania have been accused of ripping off customers on various internet auction sites, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Wednesday. The two men have been indicted here for crimes from back in the summer of 2013, but it isn’t quite clear if they are currently in custody. Both men are charged with mail fraud and conspiracy in posting nonexistent merchandise for sale on internet auction sites, such as e-Bay, Craigslist, and several others that ask customers to wire money through such businesses as MoneyGram and Western Union to pay for items that never actually exist. One of the two men’s co-conspirators, who came to the United States in 2010 by way of Atlanta, would then go to these money wiring businesses to pick up the funds and send them back to his two contacts in question in Romania, keeping at least 10% for himself. In addition to fraud charges, the two Romanian men also attempted to mail a fake passport and other fake legal documents to an address in Pittsburgh in 2011 for their U.S. contact to use in an attempt to pick up the wired funds. If you have been accused of internet crimes like fraud and conspiracy, call Pittsburgh white collar crimes attorney Gary Gerson for a free consultation at 412-219-6875 today.
Source: Post-Gazette.com, “Romanian pair indicted in Internet sales scheme” 3 December 2014