California man gets prison sentence for cellphone fraud

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A California man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for fraudulently obtaining cellphones from retail stores in California, Arizona and New Mexico and reselling them for profit.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old Amir Meir Levi, of Canoga Park, was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in prison.

Levi and three co-defendants were indicted in February 2012 for conspiracy to transport stolen property and commit access device fraud. They all pleaded guilty.

The four men admitted they engaged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain high-value cellphones from Sprint stores and resell them in a California store owned by one of the defendants and through an online store.

Prosecutors say the men impersonated Sprint customers and obtained the phones free by instructing store clerks to bill the cost to their accounts.

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