An East Meadow man who ran an online business from his bedroom negotiated a $100,000 deal for 250 smartphones but cheated his Hong Kong client by not shipping them, prosecutors said.
Hardeep Singh, 29, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts of third-degree grand larceny, according to the Nassau County district attorney's office.
From his parents' home, he single-handedly ran North Indian Trading Company LLC, also known as Infinite Products LLC, a business he has described as an online company that buys and sells wholesale electronic goods through his website, Infinite-Products.com, authorities said.DataLI crime stats
In February 2014, Singh sold the iPhone 5S 16GB model at $450 each to the client, prosecutors said.
The following month, the Hong Kong client wired more than $100,000, which also covered shipping and handling, authorities said.
Singh confirmed the payment and shipping of the phones, but he never purchased any smartphones with the money, prosecutors said.
The client complained to the Nassau district attorney's office, and Singh refused in April to surrender to be charged, authorities said.
After a warrant was issued, he was arrested Tuesday, officials said.
If convicted, Singh faces a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison, prosecutors said.
"Whether you are in Nassau or thousands of miles away in Hong Kong, everyone using the Internet is a potential target for online scammers looking for an opportunity to steal," said acting District Attorney Madeline Singas. "When it comes to online scams, crime knows no border."
Prosecutors ask anyone who has similar complaints against Singh or his companies to contact them at the district attorney's tip line, 516-571-7755.