A woman from West Berlin is facing up to 20 years in prison after she admitted to receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars of consumer electronics before reselling the stolen goods in connection with a delivery fraud scheme.

36-year-old Yanira Medina-Roman of West Berlin pleaded guilty Friday before a U.S. Senior District Judge to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig says,

From July 2018 through October 2018, Medina-Roman and others carried out a delivery fraud scheme targeting a corporate victim and government agency that resulted in the theft of more than $250,000 of consumer electronics. Medina-Roman and her conspirators used Medina-Roman’s residence – then in Highlands, New Jersey – as the delivery address for the stolen goods. Medina-Roman, under the direction of her conspirators, sold the goods for profit either to a fence of stolen goods, or to third parties through a national classified advertisement website, while retaining for herself a portion of the sale proceeds.

Honig says a related cyberattack involved the identity of someone who worked for a government agency, which Medina-Roman’s conspirators used by manipulating the employee’s government e-mail address, to place orders for electronics and gift cards with a company in Maryland. That company, believing the e-mails were authentic because they had a prior business relationship with that government employee, was deceived into delivering electronics to Medina-Roman’s address.

The Courier-Post reports that company fulfilled orders for over 100 laptops, 250 external hard drives, and other items, including iTunes gift cards worth more than $300,000.

The conspiracy charge to which Medina-Roman pleaded guilty to carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for August 10th.

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