Online scammer sent empty boxes to victims

Joe Graziano Jr. was a high-ranking bank administrator who lived a life of fancy cars, expensive watches and casino tabs — even though his tax returns claimed he made around $8,000 a year.

“He embezzled approximately $2.5 million from that bank,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Dave Gealey.

But, one scam wasn’t enough. Graziano then decided to start selling high-tech equipment online.

“He was putting iMac computers, high-end computers for I believe he was selling them for a lot cheaper than you can buy them for at a retail store,” said Gealey.

Once he was paid, he would mail out boxes using a “Click and Ship” account. But there was a catch.

“Customers would receive them, and of course they would open them up and it’s totally empty,” explained Gealey.

Customers would contact Graziano to complain.

“He would just claim that, ‘Well, what are you talking about? You can see on the ‘Click and Ship’ label it was 5 pounds when I sent it — it had to be in there. Is there anything on the box?'” Gealey explained.

Graziano was indicted on bank fraud and mail fraud charges. He has since pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in May.

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