Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song announced Thursday a man who owned a country store in Portage, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiring to commit money laundering.
Forty-one-year-old Tonia Vaughn owned and operated Gary’s Steals and Deals, a business that sold new and used products. Tonia and her husband, Gary Vaughn, would purchase new items that were stolen from “customers.” Most of the items were still in their original packaging, according to court documents.
Most of the items were the same and obtained from the same customers. Tonia and her employees would pay the customers a percentage of the value for the stolen items, which included pet products, ink cartridges, Lego sets, teeth whitening strips, jackets and many others. Once the items were purchased, Tonia and Gary would list them on Amazon and eBay.
The proceeds from the sales were utilized to purchase more stolen items and pay the employees.