Wasilla man sentenced for selling phony "Italian made" furniture on Craigslist
A Wasilla man was sentenced for a federal wire fraud charge for selling off furniture over Craigslist to retail purchasers in Alaska at nearly double what he paid.
According to a press release from the US Department of Justice, Dimitry Kudryn, 34, of Wasilla purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wholesale furniture from a manufacturer in China in 2014 and posted it on Craigslist as "Italian leather furniture."
According to the release, Kudryn sold hundreds of the sets to different individuals, including an undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent.
Online, Kudryn advertised that the sofas were worth $4,800 and offered to sell them for $2,400. In fact, he had purchased the couches for less than half of that price.
Kudryn had to return $586,748.22 in illicit proceeds, and received one year in federal prison, a $100,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. At the sentencing hearing, the judge noted that Kudryn had a history of fraudulent conduct, including having participated in a scheme to obtain refurbished Apple products that were repackaged in Alaska and sold as new to overseas purchasers through Amazon and eBay.