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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Middlesex County, New Jersey, Man Charged With Transporting More Than $200,000 Worth Of Stolen Barnes & Noble Merchandise

NEWARK, N.J. – A Middlesex County, New Jersey, man will appear in federal court today to face charges that he used eBay to sell more than $200,000 worth of Barnes and Noble merchandise he shoplifted using a “booster bag,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.                  

Dominick James Izzo, 49, of Piscataway, New Jersey, and Port Orange, Florida, is charged by criminal complaint with one count of transportation of stolen goods. He appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court and was released on a $250,000 unsecured bond.

According to the complaint:

Izzo allegedly stole merchandise from Barnes & Noble stores in New Jersey, Florida and elsewhere using a “booster bag” to evade anti-theft alarms. He then listed the stolen merchandise on eBay using nominee seller accounts to conceal his identity. Izzo accepted payment for the stolen merchandise from purchasers via nominee PayPal accounts. Once Izzo received funds via domestic wire transfer from the purchasers, he shipped the stolen merchandise from New Jersey and Florida to the purchasers in several different states.

The transportation of stolen goods charge is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates, and special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lakshmi Srinivasan Herman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

Defense Counsel: Patrick McMahon Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

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Updated June 17, 2016