School district staff member sentenced to jail for taking over $1 million worth of iPods

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School district staff member sentenced to jail for taking over $1 million worth of iPods

It might be 2022, however the iPod is at the center of a fancy theft ring that has actually now led to 3 individuals being sentenced to prison time. The United States Department of Justice revealed in a news release that it has actually sentenced 3 individuals to jail for their functions in taking and reselling over $1 million worth of iPods.

Kristy Stock, a previous staff member of the Central Consolidated School District in New Mexico, has actually been sentenced to 18 months in federal jail as an outcome of her function in this plan. Stock was charged with interstate transport of taken products and tax scams (by means of Engadget).

In her function at the school district, Stock was accountable for “supervising a program to supply Apple iPods to school kids with the intent of benefiting Native American kids residing on tribal appointments in New Mexico.” Stock has actually now confessed to taking over 3,000 iPods bought by the district and reselling them for “individual advantage” in between 2013 and 2018.

According to the Department of Justice news release, Stock would utilize federal grant cash to make bulk purchases of iPods on behalf of the school district, “varying from 100 to 250 systems per order, 2 to 3 times each year.” Stock confessed that she got over $800,000 in prohibited earnings from offering these iPods, which deserved more than $1 million. And naturally, Stock likewise submitted incorrect income tax return to prevent paying earnings tax on the revenues.

As part of the plan, Stock would offer the iPods to Saurabh Chawla, who she referred to as a “buddy.” Chawla would then note them for sale on eBay “at a considerable markup.” Surprisingly, Chawla did not utilize his own eBay represent the sales since it had actually been “suspended due to security issues.” Rather, Chawla utilized the eBay and PayPal accounts of James Bender, who accepted be included.

According to today’s statement from the Department of Justice, Stock has actually been sentenced to 18 months in federal jail, followed by 3 years of monitored release. Saurabh Chawla has actually been sentenced to 66 months in federal jail. James Bender has actually been sentenced to a year and a day in federal jail.

The press release does not particular which iPods were taken as part of this plan, however considered that the thefts took place in between 2013 and 2018, they were most likely iPod touch systems You can check out the complete statement from the Department of Justice here

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