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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Ninja Electronics Owner Charged with Conspiring to Sell Stolen Goods, Mail Fraud and Money Laundering

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The six-count Indictment named Milton I. Barr, age 33, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to the indictment, Barr was charged in six counts for conspiring with others to sell stolen goods through his business, called Ninja Electronics, which sold used electronics and a wide variety of drug store type health and beauty aids and over the counter medications over the internet. Barr was charged with a criminal conspiracy, a mail fraud scheme for delivering stolen goods through the mail, and money laundering with regard to his handling of the proceeds of the stolen goods.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of up to five years for the conspiracy count, up to 20 years on each wire fraud count and up to 10 years on each money laundering count. The statutes in question each also carry a fine provision of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. Police departments from the City of Pittsburgh, Ross Township and Shaler Township also assisted in the overall investigation.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated July 15, 2020