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Two Charlotte Businessmen Are Sentenced To Prison For Selling Fraudulently Obtained New iPhones Overseas

United States Attorney's Office Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hamzeh Jamal Alasfar, 31, and Tayseer Issam Alkhayyat, 35, both of Charlotte, were each sentenced today to 46 months in prison for a multi-year scheme to buy, sell, and ship fraudulently obtained and stolen new Apple iPhones to domestic and international buyers, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. The defendants were also ordered to serve three years under court supervision after they are released from prison.

Jason Byrnes, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Charlotte Field Office, and Chief Johnny Jennings of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, from 2013 through 2020, Alasfar and Alkhayyat engaged in a scheme to purchase fraudulently obtained and stolen new Apple iPhones and other electronic devices, which they then sold and shipped to buyers located in other states and foreign countries, including dozens of packages to the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong.


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