SACRAMENTO -- A Walnut Creek man was one of seven people involved in a conspiracy to sell stolen goods on the Internet for almost a decade, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Wednesday.
Kirk Arthell Sanderson, 34, was arrested and charged with participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud, along with suspects from Sacramento, Vacaville and Santa Barbara, according to a news release. A Roseville woman has been charged in the conspiracy but has yet to be arrested, authorities said.
According to court documents, Jason Samuel Schroeder, 33, controlled an eBay account in the name of co-conspirator. Since 2009, the account had listed more than 17,000 items for sale, authorities said.
Most of the items were listed as "new" or "with tags", according to court documents. The proceeds of the sales were deposited into a PayPal account also controlled by Schroeder and then laundered through ATM withdrawals, cashback purchases and the purchase of over $600,000 in money orders.
Investigators following Schroeder found that he spent hours each day traveling to different stores and stealing a variety of items, authorities said. Those items were later listed on the eBay account.
Others involved in the conspiracy helped Schroeder with the packaging and shipment of the stolen merchandise. Authorities say that Sanderson helped move items away from Schroeder's residence when he learned of the federal investigation.
Investigators have found that the partners in crime have sold over $3 million in stolen merchandise over eBay, shipping items across the country.
If convicted, the suspects face a maximum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and five years in prison for lying to federal agents.
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