2009-04-24 / Top Stories

Neponsit Woman Sentenced In Web Fraud

Took $160K From 80 Dupes
By Howard Schwach

A Neponsit woman has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for defrauding consumers through an online fashion clothing business.

According to a spokesperson for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Ingrid Dina Levy, 30, was sentenced in 2008 to 46 months in prison for each of seven counts of mail fraud, to be served concurrently; restitution of $168,300 and three years of supervised probation.

In February of 2008, Levy, who used her Neponsit address to commit her crimes, was convicted of mail fraud for defrauding more than 80 customers of more than $160,000 from 2004 through 2006.

Four of Levy's victims testified at trial about her methods of inducing large, upfront non-refundable payments for designer clothing items and manipulating the customers in order to prevent them from getting refunds when she failed to deliver their full orders.

As part of her scheme, the evidence at trial showed, Levy used fictitious names and business addresses to make it appear that she was a large, legitimate and authorized retailer for many designer fashion clothing brands, Peter Carr, a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg, said.

Carr said that the evidence at trial showed that Levy cashed the checks that people sent her for wholesale items and sent nothing or sent individual items she bought from discount retail clothing stores in New York and Nassau County.

Levy used several websites, including www.runwayrenegade.com and www.shopchic.net to defraud her customers, Carr said.

Locals say that Levy and her family were members of Rockaway's Orthodox Jewish community, and that they would not have believed that she would be capable of such a crime.

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Why would the Orthodox Jewish community not believe she could do such a thing? Their own are now coming forward about incest/child molestation, and other criminal behavior within their communities.

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