Kareem Cameron, aka “Shareef Ali,” 49, and Alecia Susan Brown, 38, were arrested Dec. 9 on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and four counts of wire fraud, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The indictment alleges that Cameron and Brown, who lived together, conspired to operate an Internet scam from April 2011 to January 2012 in which Cameron, through various eBay user names and aliases, offered luxury items, including BMWs, Volvos and Rolex watches, for sale on the Internet auction site.
Cameron, whose aliases also included Ali Shareef, Jason Abbott, Franc Otero, Maurice Rodriguez and Joel Morgan, allegedly either did not possess or intend to deliver the goods he offered for sale, or the goods were not in the condition he advertised, the court document says.
According to the indictment, Cameron told victims seeking to buy the goods advertised to send a payment, via wire transfer, to his or co-defendant Alecia Brown’s bank account or PayPal accounts Cameron controlled. After Cameron received payment, he either shipped goods that did not match the description or were inferior in quality to those he advertised for sale, or he failed to ship anything.
The pair defrauded their victims of approximately $186,439, the indictment states. In addition to eBay’s Vehicle Purchase Protection program, the indictment lists five individuals defrauded by Cameron and Brown.
If convicted of all charges, Cameron and Brown each face a maximum possible sentence of 125 years in prison, a fine of up to $1.75 million, three years of supervised release, and a $700 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen M. Klotz.
According to philly.com this eBay scammer received a 50 month prison sentence. Proving once again that crime does not pay!
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