8 Aug 2012 09:33 AM EST
-by Rebecca Baird-Remba, Staff Writer; Image: Amar Singh and Neha Punjabi-Singh were sentenced for organizing a large credit card scam. (Image Source: Crime XX on Blogspot)
A Queens couple was sentenced yesterday for organizing one of the largest identity theft and credit card scams in the country.
Amar Singh, 33, agreed to a plea agreement for 5 1/3 to 10 2/3 years in prison to spare his wife, Neha Punjabi-Singh, from jail time. He was convicted on identity theft and enterprise corruption charges.
He admitted last month in court that he was running the massive scam, which included the “creation of fraudulent credit cards with stolen account information” and sending out “shoppers” “to purchase items from Apple and Best Buy for resale,” the New York Post reported.
“You are a huge criminal. A rip-off artist extraordinary,” said Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter. “Hundreds of frauds were committed throughout the USA... this sentence is well deserved.”
Punjani-Singh, 30, pleaded guilty to petty larceny and walked away with a conditional discharge sentence.
Singh and his wife were two of the 111 suspects indicted in October for stealing more than $13 million and spending it on luxury goods and expensive hotels.
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