It is one thing to steal from the government, but stealing from children is much worse. Unfortunately, this is precisely what an employee of the New Mexico school district did. Kristy Stock was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for her role in a scheme to steal and resell more than 3,000 iPods intended for Native American students.
A statement released by the Department of Justice details the charges against Stock for tax evasion and transport of stolen goods. According to her plea agreement and court documents, the program began in 2013 when she was in charge of a program for the New Mexico Consolidated Central School District designed to provide devices to Native American students living on tribal reservations.
While overseeing the program, Stock was supposed to use federal grant money to purchase iPods to distribute to students. However, with the help of other conspirators, including his friend James Bender and Saurabh Chawla, the group ended up shipping the stolen iPods to Maryland where they were listed on eBay before being sold at a “substantial markup.” “.
Due to the suspension of her own account for security reasons, Chawla was forced to use Bender’s eBay account to list stolen devices at auction, with Bender serving as an intermediary. Later, between 2015 and 2018, Stock communicated directly with Chawla, providing information on the make, model, color and quantity of devices before agreeing on a price and putting them up for auction.
In total, Stock admitted to making over $ 800,000 selling stolen iPods between 2013 and 2018. To make matters worse, Stock also filed fraudulent income tax returns, resulting in a tax loss of around 270,000. $. That said, while Stock faces an 18-month jail sentence, she actually came out lighter than her co-conspirator Chawla, who was sentenced to 66 months after failing to pay more than $ 700,000. ‘taxes. During this time, Bender was sentenced to just 366 days in prison.
So while Stock and his crew ended up getting caught, the real lesson here is that crime doesn’t pay off here, especially if you steal kids and then lie on your taxes about your ill-gotten income. .
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