ATLANTA – A Roswell man was sentenced April 8 to serve seven-plus years in federal prison for selling more than $9 million in stolen property from his eBay store and shipping the goods across state lines to his customers.
“Robert Hill fueled his Internet-based fraud with the help of a group of identity thieves who gave him a steady supply of merchandise,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “His use of the Internet expanded his reach and magnified the crime, ending in millions of dollars of damage to both individual victims and retailers. Today’s prison sentence does justice for the widespread damage he caused.”
Hill was convicted of his charges Dec. 19, 2012, after pleading guilty.
For 10 years through December 2011, Hill, 51, now of Swainsboro, operated a scheme out of Roswell that involved shipping stolen merchandise across state lines. Hill had an eBay store called atlantis_discount_ warehouse_llc, where he sold the merchandise online to buyers from across the United States.
To get merchandise for sale, Hill worked with a group of identity thieves who used fraudulent credit cards opened in the names of numerous identity theft victims to buy expensive items, such as popular electronics, cameras, golf clubs and tools from large retail stores.
These co-conspirators used fake drivers’ licenses to apply for new credit cards and take over existing accounts at the stores.
Hill then bought the items from his co-conspirators for about 60 percent of their retail value, knowing that the merchandise had been stolen and obtained by fraud. He sometimes gave the thieves lists of items that he needed for his store. Hill kept the merchandise at a storage facility in Alpharetta. He sold it at just under retail value on eBay to buyers from around the United States.
During the course of the scheme, Hill sold millions of dollars’ worth of stolen merchandise through his eBay store.
Search warrants executed at his residence and storage facility uncovered $44,000 in cash and a large quantity of high-value electronic equipment in boxes ready for sale.