Two people sentenced to federal prison for swiping interstate cell phone shipments out of Harrisburg

10 January 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Parmod Kumar, age 41, and Reecha Saini, age 36, both of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo for conspiring to steal interstate shipments of cell phones. The Court sentenced Kumar to 12 months’ imprisonment and Saini to 8 months’ imprisonment. The Court also ordered that Kumar and Saini pay over $142,000 in restitution.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Kumar and Saini previously admitted that from 2018 to 2021, they enlisted employees at a UPS facility in Harrisburg to steal packages that they believed contained smartphones. Kumar and Saini then paid the employees for the phones and arranged for their sale at a convenience store in Harrisburg. The stolen phones had a total value of over $142,000.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Swatara Township Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli prosecuted the case.