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Dublin Area Man Pleads Guilty to Online Auction Scam

Committed fraud while awaiting sentencing for identity theft conviction

COLUMBUS – Jason Richard Yuschak, 28, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to mail fraud, admitting that he fraudulently offered a guitar for sale on an Internet auction site while awaiting sentencing on charges of identity theft.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Gerald A. O’Farrell, Assistant Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Thomas Mazur, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service announced Yuschak’s plea entered today before U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost.

Yuschak pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of committing a crime while under court supervision. Mail fraud is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment. Committing a crime while under court supervision is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment served consecutively to any other prison time.

According to a statement of facts read at the plea hearing, Yuschak offered a Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar for sale on eBay and agreed to sell it to an Oklahoma woman for $3,000. The woman paid Yuschak in two e-checks issued through PayPal. The victim asked Yuschak to return her money and Yuschak allegedly mailed the victim an empty envelope. The victim filed a dispute with the company and contacted her local police department, who helped identify Yuschak through the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, a secure Web-based platform of databases for law enforcement which is provided and maintained by Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Yuschak pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. In that case, Yuschak stole personal identification information of at least 78 customers or potential customers of central Ohio car dealerships where he worked and used the information to apply for credit cards. He was sentenced for those crimes to a 24-month term of imprisonment and was ordered to make restitution to the victims of his offenses.

Postal inspectors and Secret Service agents arrested Yuschak in downtown Columbus on September 16 when he was charged with the fraud. He has been in custody since his arrest.

Stewart commended the cooperative investigation by Postal Inspectors and Secret Service agents and the assistance of the Dublin and Columbus police departments and the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney, who is prosecuting the case.