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ATLANTA -- A Swainsboro man was sentenced Monday to seven years and three months in federal prison for selling millions of dollars' worth of stolen property on eBay.
Robert A. Hill, 51, obtained all his merchandise from a group of identity thieves who bought the expensive items with fraudulent credit cards in their victims' names, according to information presented in court.
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"Robert Hill fueled his Internet-based fraud with the help of a group of identity thieves who gave him a steady supply of merchandise," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. "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."
Yates said Hill operated an eBay store called atlantis_discount_warehouse_llc, where he sold such items as iPads, iPhones, computers, Wii consoles, cameras and tools. The merchandise was fraudulently bought from stores like Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Target and Walmart.
Hill kept the stolen goods in an Alpharetta storage facility and sold them for just under retail value to buyers across the country, Yates said.
After serving his prison sentence, Hill must spend three years on supervised release and pay more than $740,000 in restitution. He was also ordered to forfeit two bank accounts, a Lexus RX 300, thousands of dollars' worth of electronics and jewelry, and $44,000 cash.