Abraham Baruchov, 49, of Clifton, N.J., was sentenced today to three years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Liliana S. DeAvila-Silebi in Bergen County. He pleaded guilty on Dec. 17 to a second-degree charge of receiving stolen property. He was ordered to pay restitution of $275,000 to the major retailer from which the products were stolen. The state previously seized approximately $223,000 in cash and bank accounts from Baruchov that he has forfeited to pay restitution.
Deputy Attorneys General Janet R. Bosi and Naju Lathia prosecuted Baruchov and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau, which investigated the case.
In pleading guilty, Baruchov admitted that he purchased and received numerous items that he knew were stolen from a major retail company by other persons. He knew that some of the items were stolen through the fraudulent use of stolen credit card information. The state investigation revealed that, in fact, all of the items were purchased online with stolen credit card information. The investigation revealed that from January 2013 through February 2014, Baruchov received more than 1,400 items of stolen merchandise worth approximately $275,000, which he resold on websites such as eBay and Amazon, including numerous Keurig and Cuisinart coffee makers. The items either were shipped by the retail company to addresses used by Baruchov or were sent directly to his online customers. The company referred the case to the Division of Criminal Justice after its investigators traced stolen goods to Baruchov.
“Baruchov took advantage of the anonymity afforded by consumer-to-consumer websites to sell a quarter of a million dollars in stolen appliances in just over a year,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “We’re working hard to expose this hidden black market activity on the Internet and bring perpetrators like Baruchov to justice.”
“If you encounter someone selling brand new products on the Internet at well below market prices, that should raise a red flag,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We urge consumers to contact us confidentially if they suspect criminal activity on the Internet, so we can investigate. We want to keep e-commerce safe and secure for consumers and retailers alike.”
Acting Attorney General Hoffman and Director Honig noted that the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau has established a toll-free tip line 1-866-TIPS-4CJ for the public to report corruption, financial crime and other illegal activities confidentially. The public also can log on to the Division of Criminal Justice Web page at www.njdcj.org to report suspected wrongdoing.
Baruchov was arrested by detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice on Feb. 17, 2014 on charges including receiving stolen property, fencing and money laundering.
The lead detective for the investigation was Detective Abraham Aquino of the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.