ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A Hanover, Ill. Man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reinhard in federal court in Rockford for wire fraud.
56-year-old Anthony DeFilippo, of Hanover was sentenced to 18 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, 9 months of which DeFilippo must spend in home confinement in addition to $56,664.61 in restitution. DeFilippo pled guilty to wire fraud in November 2012, admitting that from 2009-2011 he devised and engaged in a scheme to defraud and obtain money, funds, and property from Wal-Mart.com, Inc., credit card issuers and credit card holders by means of materially false and fraudulent pretense, representations, and promises.
According to the plea agreement, DeFilippo admitted that he used his eBay account to sell various types of merchandise like vacuum cleaners and sewing machines that another participant in the scheme then fraudulently obtained from Wal-Mart.com, Inc. through the unauthorized use of names and credit card numbers of other credit card holders. The merchandise was then shipped to the address of the person that had purchased the item through DeFilippo’s eBay account, but containing the name of the victim credit cardholder. DeFilippo further admitted that he arranged for the money eBay received from the eBay buyers to be paid to DeFilippo through PayPal debit cards. DeFilippo periodically withdrew money from the debit cards, keeping a portion for himself and sending the rest to other persons, including persons in foreign countries such as the Ukraine.