An Oceanside husband and wife pleaded guilty for their roles in a scam to steal thousands of dollars from a Syosset online retailer and have agreed to pay $225,000 in restitution, Nassau County prosecutors said Friday.
Ilana Kessler, also known as Ilana Kessler-Reminick, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree scheme to defraud, a Class E felony, before District Court Judge Susan Kluewer on Thursday, according to a news release from the office of acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Her husband, Drew Reminick, 30, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
The are scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 22.
The two paid $25,300, a part of the $225,000 in restitution, at the time of the plea. They will jointly be liable for the full amount. Kessler will be ordered to pay $500 a month in the service of the judgment, and Reminick will have a civil judgment of $200,000 issued against him at the time of sentence, the release said.
ArmorMount LLC, an online store in Syosset selling flat-panel television wall mounts, employed Kessler in a contracted sales management capacity, prosecutors said.
From 2012 to 2014, with the assistance of her husband, Kessler allegedly stole merchandise from her employer. The two then sold the stolen items through multiple methods, including on eBay.
After discovering a series of illegitimate transactions and thefts, ArmorMount filed a complaint with the district attorney's office, the release said.
An investigation showed that a substantial number of transactions were fulfilled using merchandise stolen from ArmorMount, for which the retailer was billed for shipping, resulting in $225,000 in losses.
"Retailers count on their employees to be honest and hardworking, yet this couple took advantage of that trust," Singas said in the release.