NEWARK, NJ – A Staten Island, New York man who conspired with others to traffic in stolen goods and merchandise was sentenced today to 36 months in prison, US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Razel Romhein, 49, of Staten Island, New York, previously pleaded guilty before US District Judge Kevin McNulty in federal court in Newark to information allegations of conspiracy to transport stolen goods. Judge McNulty returned the verdict in federal court in Newark today.
According to the documents and testimonies filed in court in this case:
From 2011 to May 2013, Romhein and others participated in a conspiracy to traffic in stolen health and beauty products and over-the-counter medicines. These products were stolen from “boosters” in various locations, including retail stores in New Jersey, and then sold at a significantly reduced price through a number of retailers.
Romhein operated a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, which acted as a “clean-up station” for the stolen products. He arranged for the delivery of stolen goods and he and others removed security packaging and other labels from the products that identified the retail outlets from which the products were stolen. The products, totaling at least about $1 million, were then sold at a profit.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge McNulty sentenced Romhein to three years of supervised release.
US Attorney Sellinger wrote Department of Homeland Security Special Agents, Homeland Security Investigations, New York Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ivan J. Arvelo; Inspectors of the US Postal Inspection Service in Newark under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Raimundo Marrero, Philadelphia Division; Department of Defense Special Agents, Office of the Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Patrick J. Hegarty; and Special Agents from the Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Agriculture, led by Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins, the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Anthony P. Torntore of the US Attorney’s Cybercrime Unit.