The Secret Service says Kevin Wain used fraudulent credit cards to buy hundreds of the Vitamix blenders, as well as Roomba vacuums, which he sold on eBay at a discount.
Wain, 40, was arrested by the Secret Service and charged with access device fraud, accused of using stolen credit information to purchase more than $400,000 in merchandise from Williams-Sonoma and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Many of the purchases were made at the Williams-Sonoma in Wesley Chapel, according to a complaint affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. A company fraud investigator told the Secret Service that Wain, using the name “Richard Davis,” made at least 116 purchases totaling more than $166,000 using 106 different credit cards at that store over a two-year period.
He made at least 19 purchases totaling more than $22,000 using 14 different cards at the Tampa store.
A store manager told the Secret Service that “Davis” visited the store three to four times a year, purchasing four to six Vitamix blenders at a time. Sometimes he would also buy $1,000 or more worth of cutlery.
Each time, the first credit card “Davis” tried would be declined, according to the affidavit. Sometimes, he would have to go through three or four cards before one would be accepted. The cards didn’t have names on them and didn’t have account numbers embossed on them.
From September 2012 to February 2015, Wain sold 755 Vitamix blenders on eBay for a total profit of $399,713, according to the affidavit. From March 2013 to February 2015, he sold 197 Roomba vacuums for more than $91,000, according to the affidavit. He also sold nine Dyson DC41 vacuums for more than $3,400. Read the rest on tbo.com.
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