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Former NYC tech worker gets prison time for using city money to buy cellphones that he resold

2019-04-24 01:07
A former tech for the city’s youth agency is headed to prison for swiping city cell phones and reselling them, authorities said Tuesday.

Eric Luna, 36, was working for the city Department of Youth and Community Development when he used city money to buy the phones and then re-sold them on the internet to the tune of $124,098, prosecutors said.

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He was sentenced Monday to six months in prison and three years parole for the scam.

Luna also has to pay back the city cash and make $124,098 in restitution, Judge Kevin Castel ruled in federal court in Brooklyn.

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“This City worker betrayed the public trust by using his position to steal dozens of cell phones procured by the City for agency personnel and re-sell them for his own financial gain," said Margaret Garnett, commissioner of the Department of Investigation.

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Luna, of the Bronx, was arrested in March 2018 and charged with theft of government funds and wire fraud. He was with the youth agency for three years, according to city records.
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