A 63-year-old Texas woman who made millions by shoplifting from shops nationwide & then selling the stolen goods on an online e-commerce website eBay has been sentenced to 4 and a half years in federal prison.
Kim Richardson also agreed to pay $3.8 million in restitution after she confessed to officials that she was part of an interstate theft ring, that operated from August 2000 through April 2019.
U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick in a press release said the 63-year-old thief would go as far as to use shoplifting tools, which disable security devices, & then stashed her merchandise in a large bag until she could reach safety.
From there, she would pawn her stolen goods off on customers scrolling through eBay as well as by way of direct online sales. She would then send it to buyers via the U.S. mail, Federal Express and United Parcel Service.
In total, her buyers paid approximately $3.8 million throughout the scheme into 4 PayPal accounts linked to Richardson.
After she pleaded guilty to the crimes in December 2019, Richardson was permitted to remain on bond & voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.