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Sentencing Of eBay RICO Defendant

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

MOBILE, AL-- United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown announced that Jason Spellen, an Atlanta, Georgia area resident, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge William Steele for conspiracy to commit a RICO violation. Spellen received a sentence of 84 months and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $1,691,509.51.  The Court also ordered the forfeiture of assets seized from Spellen’s residence and storage unit.

Spellen previously entered a guilty plea to the conspiracy charge and admitted his involvement in selling stolen and fraudulently-procured electronics on eBay and by other means.  Although Spellen did not steal the electronics or procure them by fraud himself, he purchased the electronics from other members of the conspiracy knowing them to have been stolen or fraudulently-procured.

The case arose from an investigation by the United States Secret Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deborah Griffin.

Updated January 26, 2015