TRENTON, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, woman was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars of consumer electronics before reselling the stolen goods in connection with a delivery fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announce.
Yanira Medina-Roman, 37, of West Berlin, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. Senior District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an information charging her with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From July 2018 through October 2018, Medina-Roman and others carried out a delivery fraud scheme targeting a corporate victim and government agency that resulted in the theft of more than $250,000 of consumer electronics. Medina-Roman and her conspirators used Medina-Roman’s residence – then in Highlands, New Jersey – as the delivery address for the stolen goods. Medina-Roman, under the direction of her conspirators, sold the goods for profit either to a fence of stolen goods, or to third parties through a national classified advertisement website, while retaining for herself a portion of the sale proceeds.
A related cyberattack involved the appropriation without authorization of the identity of an employee of a government agency, which Medina-Roman’s conspirators used by manipulating the employee’s government email address to place orders for consumer electronics and gift cards with a corporate victim located in Maryland. The Maryland corporate victim, believing the emails were authentic and sent by the government employee, with whom the corporate victim had a prior business relationship, was deceived into delivering the consumer electronics to Medina-Roman’s residential address.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Medina-Roman to three years of supervised release and ordered restitution of $266,615 and forfeiture of $25,000.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr.; special agents of the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Resident Agent In Charge Preston Fairlamb; special agents of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge of the Cyber Field Office Kenneth DeChellis; postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Raimundo Marrero; and officers of the Highlands, New Jersey Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Burton, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric A. Boden of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.