Mass. man gets 8 years for computer parts scam
BOSTON (AP) -- A North Attleborough man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for falsely obtaining computer parts which he then sold online.
Matthew Kuc was also sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to five years of probation and ordered to pay almost $2 million in restitution. He was convicted in June of wire fraud; receipt, possession and storage of stolen property; and aggravated identity theft.
Prosecutors say Kuc obtained the components by falsely claiming to own broken computer equipment under warranty and tricking Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and 3Com to replace that equipment. Kuc also used different names and addresses to hide his tracks. He then sold the equipment online.
Over the 5 1/2-year scam, Kuc fraudulently obtained computer parts worth an estimated $3.6 million.