Hanover Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A Hanover, Ill. Man pled guilty in federal court in Rockford to wire fraud.

56-year-old Anthony F. DeFilippo of Hanover admitted that from 2009 to 2011 h 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 pretenses, representations, and promises.

According to the written plea agreement, DeFilippo admitted that he used his eBay account to sell various types of merchandise, such as vacuum cleaners and sewing machines, that another participant in the scheme then fraudulently purchased from Wal-Mart.com Inc. through the unauthorized use of names and credit card numbers of other credit cardholders. The merchandise was then shipped to the address of the person that had purchased the item through DeFilippo’s eBay account, but addressed to the credit cardholder. DeFilippo further admitted that he arranged for the money eBay received from the eBay buyers to be paid to him through PayPal debit cards. DeFilippo periodically withdrew money from the debit cards, keeping apportion for himself and sending the rest to other persons, including persons in foreign countries such as the Ukraine.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and mandatory restitution. The court may also impose a fine totaling twice the loss to any victim or twice to the gain to the defendant, whichever is greater.

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