BOSTON - A Medford magic store owner was charged today in federal court with making more than $500,000 in unauthorized charges to the credit card of one of his long-time customers.
Harry P. Levy, 61, of Lexington, was charged in an Information with credit card fraud and making false statements and false records in a federal investigation. If convicted, Levy faces up to 15 years in prison for the credit card fraud and five years in prison for the false statements and records, to be followed by three years of supervised release, forfeiture, restitution and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss, whichever is highest.
The Information alleges that from July 23, 2009, through May 5, 2011, Levy, owner of Hank Lee’s Magic Factory in Medford, made approximately $561,927 in unauthorized charges to an American Express card of a victim identified as R.G. It is alleged that R.G. was a wealthy, long time customer of Levy’s from Texas. According to the Information, during an investigation of the fraud last fall, Levy willfully gave federal agents documents and statements to establish that the charges had been authorized by R.G.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service; and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott L. Garland of Ortiz’s Cybercrimes Unit.
The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.