Tuesday, May 13, 2014
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles released a statement on May 12 that Eugene Jones, 60, of Goose Creek, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston.
He was charged with conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce.
U.S. District Judge David C. Norton of Charleston sentenced Jones to 36 months imprisonment and three years supervised release.
Evidence presented in this case established that from at least 2007 through 2012, Jones led a conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce via the Internet.
It was part of the conspiracy that Jones owned and operated Patriot Pawn in North Charleston. Jones recruited dozens of people to steal merchandise from retail stores including Lowes, Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Belk, K-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Best Buy.
Jones suggested to his co-conspirators to steal specific merchandise, including computer software, calculators, tool kits, electronic devices, and kitchen appliances.
After stealing goods from area stores, the co-conspirators took the stolen goods to Patriot Pawn, where Jones and his employees bought the stolen goods for far less than retail value, knowing the goods were stolen or obtained by fraud.
Jones, with the assistance of others, sold the stolen goods on eBay.
Jones sold the stolen goods in transported in interstate commerce from South Carolina to buyers in other states, including Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and California.
During the conspiracy, approximately $1 million in stolen goods were sold on eBay and transported in interstate commerce. Jones divided the illegal proceeds between himself and his co-conspirators.
The case was investigated by agents of the Secret Service and the North Charleston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office prosecuted the case.