Baltimore pawn shop operator indicted in $1 million eBay scheme

A Baltimore pawn shop operator has been indicted in a $1 million scheme to sell stolen goods on eBay.

An Owings Mills man who operated a Baltimore pawn shop has been indicted by a federal grand jury for selling $1 million in stolen goods and fraudulently obtained gift cards on eBay.

Noel Erick Anshel, 48, of Hilltop Cellular at 5450 Reisterstown Road, is accused of buying stolen items from "boosters," or shoplifters, then selling the items on eBay, often for less than full price, according to the indictment unsealed Thursday.

The stolen merchandise included faucets, garbage disposal units, drills, saws, digital cameras and televisions sets, the indictment said.

In some cases, the shoplifters would steal items from a chain store, then return them to a different location of the chain to receive store credit in the form of gift cards, the indictment said. Anshel is accused of buying the gift cards, despite allegedly knowing they had been fraudulently obtained, then selling them on eBay, according to the indictment.

The indictment seeks a forfeiture of $1 million in the scheme's proceeds. Anshel faces up to 10 years in prison for transporting stolen goods.

He appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday and was released under supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services. A call to a number listed to Anshel went unreturned.

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