Thief Gets Up to 9 Years in Jail for Stealing $1,000,000 in Apple Devices

Posted June 22, 2012 at 5:07pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8577 views

Shaheed Bilal, 29, has been sentenced to 4.5 to 9 years in jail for running a cybercrime ring that used fake credit cards to purchase more than $1,000,000 in iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The ring, which also included Bilal's brothers and girlfriend, purchased more than $1 million worth of iPads, iPhones and MacBooks over 2 1/2 years starting in 2008 and sold them to dealers in stolen goods in Brooklyn, N.Y. They purchased credit card numbers online, probably from traffickers in Eastern Europe, according to a joint investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney and the United States Secret Service.

Bilal pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree and was sentenced Thursday in a New York state court in Manhattan.

According to the prosecution Bilal's brothers, Ali, 25, Isaac, 27, and Rahim, 23, recruited the shoppers and his girlfriend, Ophelia Alleyne, 31, handled operations when he was jailed in another case. Ali and Rahim Bilal pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 1 to 3 years and 2 to 6 years respectively. Alleyne pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 4 - 12 years.

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Glocknine - June 22, 2012 at 10:39pm
Aww why still jail them? Should have just fed them to ferals in safari park. If those crook finished their jail time they will find another way to screw people.
Really!!! - June 22, 2012 at 7:54pm
I never buy online goods from NY or NJ. Way to many scammers out there, I learned about it from photography equipment. They charge low prices for an item to find out you don't get everything the manufacture put in the box. Then when you complain they say oh that's xtra and in the end you pay more then most retailers if you want everything you should have received in the first place. To bad it's only 4-9 years I wish they would rot in prison. Word to the wise never buy electronics from east coast online sites.
Someone - June 22, 2012 at 7:47pm
Key words "up to"
cabron sin cojones - June 22, 2012 at 6:24pm
They didnt steal iDevices, they bought them with stolen money
cabron con cojones - June 22, 2012 at 10:16pm
Bet you're one of those scammers.
Samsung=Shiite - June 22, 2012 at 5:39pm
And they didn't sell me a mac or I device ? Screw them bitches in jail
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