Seven people, including three from Sacramento and one from Roseville, have been charged by federal authorities in a case involving an alleged conspiracy to sell millions of dollars worth of stolen goods on eBay.
Arrested and charged in a criminal complaint with participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud are Jason Samuel Schroeder, 33, John Judah Young, 32, and Maribel Martinez, 27, all of Sacramento; Joshua Roy Payne 27, of Vacaville; Kirk Arthell Sanderson, 34, of Walnut Creek; and David Reed, 26, of Santa Barbara.
Payne was also charged with lying to federal agents, and Schroeder was detained as a flight risk, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Andrea Lynn Turner, 31, of Roseville was also charged but has not been arrested, officials said.
Arraignment is scheduled for April 24.
Federal authorities say the alleged conspiracy to sell stolen goods on the Internet goes back almost a decade.
According to the criminal complaint, Schroeder controlled an eBay account under John Young's name that, since 2009, listed more than 17,000 items for sale. Most of the items were listed as new and/or with tags. The proceeds of the sales were deposited into a PayPal account, also controlled by Schroeder, and then allegedly laundered through ATM withdrawals, cash back purchases, and the purchase of more than $600,000 in money orders.
Authorities said surveillance of Schroeder revealed that he spent hours a day traveling to different stores and appeared to steal a variety of items. Those items were later listed on his eBay account.
Reed and Martinez allegedly assisted Schroeder with the packaging and shipment of the stolen merchandise. Sanderson is accused of helping move items from Schroeder's residence when he learned of the federal investigation.
Turner allegedly provided false statements to federal agents when interviewed regarding her receipt from Schroeder of approximately $50,000 in proceeds from the conspiracy.
Investigation in the case is continuing, but to date, Schroeder and his cohorts are alleged to have sold more than $3 million in stolen merchandise over eBay, shipping items across the country.
The case resulted from a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.