Fraudulent Entrepreneur Shipped For Free
A stay at home Bayswater businessman was arrested this week and charged with allegedly creating forged postage labels in order to ship hundreds of packages for free in connection with his Internet business.
Yisroel Goodman, 50, of 24-12 Oceancrest Boulevard, owns and operates Complete Computer Services from his home. The company sells computer accessories and supplies. He allegedly defrauded the post office for more than $1,000 in postage in the past year.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that individuals such as Goodman, who own Internet businesses, have the ability to obtain fake postage paid labels through various online postage vendors.
Goodman's alleged crimes were initially uncovered when postal equipment detected fraudulent postage bar codes on his packages and determined that the postage labels had been duplicated from previously mailed postage labels purchased on encidia.com.
He was arrested last Thursday and arraigned on charges of first- and second degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree grand larceny. Goodman faces up to fifteen years in prison if convicted.
He has been released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on January 6.
As a result of the post office's findings, a warrant was issued on December 10 for Goodman's home in which authorities seized four parcels bearing counterfeit postage labels, several sheets of printed postage labels bearing forged postage, as well as a sheet bearing the image of approximately twentyfive postage labels.
"With the holiday season in full swing, and more and more consumers shopping online, the defendant is accused of trying to cut his costs by counterfeiting postage labels," District Attorney Brown said. "Unfortunately for him, he will now pay a far greater price for not having paid for postage in the first place."
According to Brown, Goodman allegedly admitted to forging the postage labels by utilizing a scanner and computer in order to make it appear as if he was paying for the postage with which he shipped approximately two to three packages a week between December 2007 and March 2008.
Brown noted that this was the second such postal fraud case in a month. On November 19, Siddique Roshanara, 29, of Far was charged with repeatedly altering computer-generated postage labels to prevent the U.S. Postal Service from determining whether proper postage had been made on the packages.
She was charged with first and second degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth-degree grand larceny and is also due back in court in January.