Magic shop owner gets 2 years
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 1:12p.m.
The owner of a Massachusetts, USA magic shop has been sentenced to two years in prison for making more than US$560,000 disappear from a long-time customer's credit card account.
Harry Levy of Lexington was also sentenced in federal court in Boston on Thursday to two years of probation and was ordered to pay full restitution.
Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Levy tried to cover up the fraud by lying to federal investigators and submitting false records to the grand jury.
Levy, who owns Hank Lee's Magic Factory, pleaded guilty in April to charges of credit card fraud and making false statements.
Authorities say Levy made 134 unauthorised charges on the wealthy customer's card, forcing the victim to put his house on the market and complicating his efforts to finance a new business.
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