Virginia Scammer Sentenced To 30 Months For Fake Bag Scheme
A Virginia daycare worker has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for operating a fraudy scheme by fleecing retail stores of designer bags reports NBC Washington:
An investigator with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security testified Smatsorabudh would purchase authentic designer bags from department stores, including at least 226 of them from T.J. Maxx stores, then return imitation bags bought separately for refunds at the stores.
The agent testified a merchandise expert with Louis Vuitton confirmed, after review, that dozens of the bags returned to T.J. Maxx were inauthentic.
The scammer would then resell the authentic bags for bank through eBay and Instagram for more than $2,000 each:
The scheme defrauded more than 60 department stores in 12 states of a total of more than $400,000, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. Smatsorabudh also was ordered to pay that amount in forfeiture and in restitution to the victims.
Federal investigators said they seized at least 527 handbags from Smatsorabudh’s South Arlington Street home in Arlington, Virginia.