SAN JOSE, Calif. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo man has admitted to running a scheme that bilked about $1 million from Apple.
In a federal courtroom in California Monday, Van-Seyla Mork, 25, pleaded guilty to a count of wire fraud and a count of money laundering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Several other counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering were dismissed under the terms of a plea agreement.
Authorities say that Mork repeatedly lied to Apple, telling the company that only empty boxes had been shipped to customers even though the electronics had arrived safely. In all, he got about $1 million in refunds from Apple. He then hid the money in various bank accounts.
He was charged in November.
Both of the counts he admitted to are punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 21. Mork has been released on a $50,000 bond.