Colorado resident Chawla, 36, purchased up stolen electronics and different items and resold them on e-commerce platforms. He additionally purchased stolen iPads from New Mexico faculty districts.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, Chawla labored with a FedEx distribution centre supervisor from Delaware named Joseph Kukta to steal packages earlier than they made it to prospects.
Those thefts included shipments of Nike sneakers and gadgets from Apple, Epson, Kenwood, and Magellan, amongst different merchandise.
Chawla allegedly paid Kukta $1.5 million, in response to courtroom paperwork.
The Chawla saga got here to gentle when US District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Kristy Stock, 46, of Waterflow, New Mexico, to 18 months in jail for federal fees of interstate transportation of stolen items and tax fraud.
Stock admitted that from 2013 to 2018, she stole greater than 3,000 iPods bought by the varsity district and bought them on eBay to Chawla and others for her private profit.
“From October 2015 to 2018, Stock and Chawla dealt directly with each other, in emails, texts, and phone calls. Stock repeatedly advised Chawla of the items she had obtained, providing details such as the model, colour and number of Apple products available,” in response to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.
Chawla and Stock then negotiated a value, 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 $800,000 in unlawful proceeds from selling stolen iPods value greater than $1 million.A
After his relative acquired the stolen items from Stock, Chawla listed them for sale on-line by way of eBay at a considerable markup.
According to Stock’s plea settlement, and different courtroom paperwork, starting in 2014, “defendant James Bender agreed to allow a good friend, defendant Chawla, and a relative of Chawla’s, SC2, to sell goods and merchandise through Bender’s eBay accounts”.
Chawla’s eBay account had beforehand been suspended because of safety issues.
From May 2014 by way of August 2019, Bender and Chawla conspired so Chawla might use Bender’s eBay and PayPal accounts to promote stolen items and merchandise.
“Chawla, age 36, of Aurora, Colorado, and Bender, age 36, of Baltimore, Maryland, were sentenced to 66 months and to a year and a day in federal prison, respectively,” stated the US Attorney’s Office.
Additionally, Chawla was sentenced to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service within the quantity of $713,619, and to signal an order of forfeiture requiring him to forfeit a 2013 Tesla Model S ($2,308,062.61) from accounts held in his identify, and the sale of property in Aurora, Colorado.