Joseph Sides, 24, of Boca Raton, Florida, was arraigned yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee alleging he defrauded Amazon of $229,000. Sides then dumped his Ill gotten gains on eBay, Craigslist, and Gameflip.
The indictment alleges that, between March 2016 and June 2018, Sides created approximately 501 AZ accounts using false names, multiple e-mail addresses, and altered shipping addresses to place approximately 1227 orders.
Sides allegedly obtained $229,391.42 in merchandise, replacements, and refunds by falsely claiming the merchandise had not been delivered or was damaged. According to the indictment, Sides sold the merchandise using online retail services, such as eBay, Craigslist, and Gameflip.
The maximum penalty for each of the mail fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and mail fraud charges is 20 years in prison. The trial is scheduled for November 13, 2018, at 8:15 a.m. at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee. Sides was released pending trial.
This case resulted from an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from Amazon.com.