Federal authorities charged Vitaly Borker, the operator of purported luxury eyewear Web site DecorMyEyes.com, with cyberstalking, threatening and defrauding his customers.
Borker, 34, also known as “Tony Russo” and “Stanley Bolds,” was arrested Monday morning at his Brooklyn home for allegedly running a scheme to defraud his customers by selling counterfeit and inferior quality goods, as well as making unauthorized charges, according to the U.S. attorney.Firearms and ammunition were also found at the defendant’s residence.
The complaint, which was filed in the Southern District of New York, said that when Borker’s customers complained about products they received, he allegedly retaliated with obscenities and threats of violence. In one instance, Borker, who has been the owner and operator of the Web site since 2007, repeatedly harassed a customer on the telephone and through e-mail, after she disputed a charge on her credit card upon receiving “defective,” “counterfeit” glasses, court papers said. He then allegedly sent an e-mail to that customer, which included her personal information and a photograph of her home. About a week later, Borker informed the customer via e-mail to “close the dispute with the credit card company if you know what is good for you.”
“Do the right thing and everyone goes away. I AM WATCHING YOU!” the message said.
“Online consumers should never be in fear for their safety simply because they have chosen the convenience of Internet shopping,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who noted that “well over 200 complaints” had been filed with the Federal Trade Commission by customers from the U.S. and abroad regarding this matter.
Borker, who is expected to be presented in Magistrate Court in Manhattan federal court, has been charged with one count each of cyberstalking, making interstate threats, mail fraud and wire fraud. Cyberstalking and making interstate threats carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and mail and wire fraud carry a maximum penalty of 20 years.
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