GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Two Greenville business owners have been found guilty on mail and wire fraud charges in connection with a shoplifting and resale scheme.
41-year-old Jonathan Field and 40-year-old Shena Field were both found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
The Fields owned and operated Reboot, a used electronics store on North Pleasantburg Drive.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Reboot was actually an organized fencing operation where shoplifters unloaded new-in-the-box stolen items for a fraction of the items’ retail value.
The Fields then posted the stolen items for sale on Ebay and sold the merchandise to people who did not know it was stolen, says the United States Attorney.
According to evidence shown in court, store records showed shoplifters went to Reboot almost every day and sometimes multiple times per day to bring in stolen goods, no-questions-asked.
They say the Fields and store employees would meet shoplifters after hours at gas stations and other places to receive the stolen goods.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the Fields even instructed some shoplifters to get an item for Reboot if they had oversold the item on Ebay so that they could avoid bad feedback.
The two face up to 20 years in federal prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years of court-ordered supervision.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and Secret Service raided the store January 17, 2018 and say the store had sold between $1.2 and $1.5 million worth of items ranging from cellphones, vacuum cleaners, laptops, and other electronics.