Texas woman who sold stolen goods on eBay jailed for 54 months, fined $3.8 million

Texas woman has been sentenced to 54 months in prison for stealing millions of dollars in merchandise and then selling it on eBay.

63-year-old, Kim Richardson agreed to pay US$ 3.8 million in restitution  following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service.

The woman shoplifted during her travels across the US and then sold the merchandise on eBay and via direct Internet sales before mailing the items by US mail, Federal Express and United Parcel Service.

“Richardson stole items from numerous retail stores. She used shoplifting tools to disable security devices and would exit the store by placing the stolen merchandise in a large black bag she carried,” the news release said.

“Richardson assisted in the sale of the items on the Internet as well as packaging and mailing the stolen items.”

Buyers who purchased the stolen goods sent about $3.8 million into four PayPal accounts linked to Richardson.

Richardson pleaded guilty in December 2019 and admitted to operating for nineteen years.