FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - North Texas prosecutors say a 37-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for serving as the ringleader of a group that stole more than 800 cell phones in a scheme that netted some $1.5 million.
A Tarrant County jury on Wednesday convicted Rashad Elqutob of a theft charge and for engaging in organized crime.
The Arlington man, originally from Kuwait, was an employee of AT&T who acquired a vast inventory of cell phones from AT&T, RadioShack and another company. Other workers stole the phones and then sold them to Elqutob for about 10% of their value. Prosecutors say Elqutob then used business fronts to sell them on Ebay and Craigslist.
An investigation was launched when AT&T and RadioShack contacted authorities after discovering a large volume of missing phones.
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