Yesterday a federal judge in Springfield sentenced Mimi Mai, owner of the EZ Exchange pawn shop in Holyoke, to 18 months in prision for selling millions in stolen property on eBay. According to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Boston,
Mai purchased stolen goods from people she knew had stolen the items and resold them on eBay at a price well above what she had paid the sellers. The stolen goods included a variety of household goods, including power tools, electronic devices, sunglasses, and beauty and personal care products. Between 2018 and 2021, Mai earned more than $2.1 million from the sale of items she had listed for sale as “new” on eBay. Mai then used her eBay earnings to buy property in Florida.
Mai was also order to pay $3,472 in restitution and to forfeit $1.5 million to the federal government.