Two Rockford men admitted their involvement in defrauding several large retailers by buying tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise and then returning items for money.
Cameron Love, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. He admitted to making and using counterfeit checks and identifications to buy items from chain stores like Walmarts and Farm and Fleets located in several states. After the merchandise was purchased, he and three other co-conspirators would then return the items at different store locations for cash refunds.
Love admitted that he knew some of the names and addresses on checks and identification used to buy the items were fake and some were real.
Anthony Hardy, 42, also plead guilty to a related charge of wire fraud and one count of identity theft. Hardy admitted to unlawfully possessing someone else's identification and using that to purchase the merchandise in the wire fraud scheme.
Love is scheduled to be sentenced on June 4 and Hardy's sentencing is scheduled for June 8. Each charge of wire fraud has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and mandatory restitution. A fine totaling twice the loss or twice the gain, whichever is greater, may also be imposed. Hardy faces a mandatory sentence of two years in jail for identity theft to be served consecutively to his wire fraud sentence, and a fine of up to $250,000.
William Dorn, 24 of Rockford, and Anthony Taylor, 43 of Marietta, Georgia, have also each been charged with three counts of wire fraud for their roles in the scheme.
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