MAN CONVICTED IN STAPLES SCAM

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MAN CONVICTED IN STAPLES SCAM

 user 2009-12-07 at 10:23:46 am Views: 85
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    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20091204/NEWS0103/912050335/Man+convicted+in+Staples+scam
    MAN CONVICTED IN STAPLES SCAM
    COVINGTON – A 33-year-old Loveland, Ohio,
    man was convicted of getting almost free cameras, printers and computers
    from a friend who worked at Staples.

    A
    federal jury on Friday found Paul Shumbayaonda guilty of conspiracy to
    commit wire fraud after a four-day trial, according the U.S. Attorney’s
    Office.Prosecutors say Shumbayaonda and two of his friends, Huyaimuzoona
    Bere and Bekizulu Mhlanga, conspired to profit from Bere’s position as a
    customer service representative at a Staples call center in
    Florence.Shumbayaonda and Mhlanga would place Internet orders for items
    such as ink cartridges and computer disks using personal credit cards.
    Bere would then access the orders and add high priced items like
    laptops, printers, and digital cameras, prosecutors said.

    He
    would discount the items to between one cent and $19.99. The trio was
    charged with wire fraud because the orders were sent from the customer
    service center in Florence to Framingham, Mass., Staples’ home office.In
    one order, Bere added a $2,200 HP computer and two Canon cameras worth
    $2,800 to an order and manipulated the computer system so that Mhlanga
    was charged less than a dollar for each item, court records show.When
    Shumbayaonda and Mhlanga received the items they would either sell the
    goods for a profit on E-bay, use the items themselves or sell or give
    the items to Bere.

    The trio completed the scheme at least eight
    times which resulted in Staples loosing $118,492, prosecutors
    said.Shumbayaonda is scheduled to be sentenced March 18. He faces a
    maximum prison sentence of 20 years.A detention hearing for Shumbayaonda
    will be held Monday.Bere and Mhlanga each pleaded guilty to conspiracy
    last month.Mhlanga, who is from Zimbabwe, will be sentenced on Jan. 22
    and Bere will be sentenced Feb. 26. They also face 20 years in prison.