What you need to know
- Three people have been locked up over a scheme that saw 3,000 iPods stolen and sold on eBay.
- iPods were supposed to be given to students.
- One person stole the iPods and two more sold them on eBay.
A New Mexico woman has been locked up after stealing 3,000 iPods that were supposed to be given to Native American students. To make matters worse she then fiddled her taxes on the income she made from selling the swag.
A release issued by the Department of Justice details the charges against Stock of tax fraud and transportation of stolen goods. According to her plea agreement and court documents, the scheme began back in 2013 when she was in charge of a program for the Central Consolidated School District of New Mexico designed to provide devices to Native American students living on tribal reservations.
Stock was supposed to use federal money to buy iPods that would then be given to students but she had other ideas. With the help of friends James Bender and Saurabh Chawla, Stock shipped the iPods to an address in Maryland where they were sold on eBay.
The 3,000 iPods reportedly brought in more than $800,000 between 2013 and 2018 but the story doesn't stop there. Stock then filed false tax returns on the income with a tax loss of around $270,000.
Interestingly, the 18 months that Stock will spend inside isn't the most. Chawla will have to do 66 months because they failed to pay more than $700,000 in taxes. Bender will spend a little more than a year in prison for playing their part — both Bender and Chawla were the ones tasked with handling eBay affairs during the scheme.