Florida Man and Woman Charged with Wire Fraud Conspiracy
Generated $1.4 Million in Illegal Profits by Selling Fraudulent Software Activation Keys
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert F. Stout, age 51, and Kasey N. Riley (a/k/a Kasey Stout), age 33, of Windermere, Florida, were charged today with conspiracy to commit wire fraud relating to the sale of illegal activation keys for Microsoft products.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to a criminal information, Stout and Riley advertised Microsoft software products for sale online, using a variety of sham business names. Stout and Riley purchased unauthorized activation keys from various websites – including wholesaledwindows8key.com, buy2010key.net, cheapkeyoffer.com, godkey.net, and Alibaba – and provided those unauthorized activation keys, in exchange for PayPal payments, to customers throughout the United States. Stout and Riley received at least $1,480,227 from customers in exchange for providing them with the unauthorized, and often invalid, activation keys.
Stout and Riley each face up to 20 years in prison, up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
This case was investigated by the Albany Field Office of the FBI and the Orlando Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Myers and Middle District of Florida Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina R. Downes, on assignment from the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, ICE.