Man jailed for 60 months over Apple store gift card scheme

Apple Store logo
Apple Store logo (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • A second man has been sentenced in a $1.5 million Apple store gift card scheme.
  • Jason Tout-Puissant got 60 months in federal prison and has to pay back $1.26 million to Apple.
  • He stole the money from Apple by stealing point-of-sale devices from Apple and using them to load up gift cards with money.

A man who stole point-of-sale devices from Apple and used them to fraudulently load gift cards has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and ordered to pay back $1.26 million.

The DoJ announced Monday that a second man in the $1.5 million scheme would service time and had been ordered to make restitution. His partner in crime had previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison.

From the release:

According to plea papers, Mr. Tout-Puissant admitted that he stole multiple Apple point-of-sale devices – nicknamed "Isaacs" – from an Apple store in Southlake, Texas, then sat outside the store, logged onto the store's wifi network, and loaded thousands of dollars of fraudulent store credits onto gift cards.He then loaded the giftcards onto Apple Passbook, an application that generates QR codes for the value of gift cards, and sent screenshots of those codes to Mr. Ali.

Mr Ali and "an unindicted coconspirator" used the gift cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of Apple products from Apple stores in New York to the tune of some $1.5 million.

U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham said "The Justice Department will not tolerate fraud against any company, be it a multinational corporation or a mom-and-pop operation. We are grateful to our FBI partners for their work on this case."

Stephen Warwick
News Editor

Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9