MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- The leader of a multi-state operation selling stolen merchandise on the online auction site eBay has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to forfeit nearly $1.7 million.
U.S. District Judge William Steele imposed the sentence Monday on Jason Christopher Spellen of Conyers, Ga. The 28-year-old defendant pleaded guilty in March to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization conspiracy.
Federal prosecutors described him as a leader of what they called the "Spellen Enterprise." They said the group sold fraudulently obtained and stolen electronics on eBay and by other means. They said the operation spanned 26 states and involved 14,000 items.
A dozen others have pleaded guilty in the case and received up to 10 years in prison. Spellen's sentence was less because he cooperated with investigators.