Prosecutors: Group Stole More than 800 Cell Phones 8/16/13
FORT WORTH, Texas - 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 percent 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.