Ohio man sentenced for fraud that spanned over 7 years and 16 states

Stephen A. Esway, Source: United States Attorney's Office
Stephen A. Esway, Source: United States Attorney's Office

COVINGTON, KY (FOX 19)--The U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Secret Service announced Monday that a Canton, Ohio man was sentenced to 57 months in prison for using a scheme to obtain a quarter million dollars from the office supply store, Staples, Inc.

Stephen A. Esway, 36, was sentenced for wire fraud and ordered to pay approximately $245,000 in restitution.

Federal prosecutors say that between 2001 and 2008, Esway purchased $65,000 in merchandise at multiple Staples stores across the country, but received refunds on his credit card for $307,000.

Esway bought expensive computer software and then returned similar but less-expensive software in order to obtain full refunds of the purchase price.

He used this scheme at Staples locations in Kenton and Boone counties in Kentucky and also in 16 other states.

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