A Staten Island business owner pleaded guilty Thursday to mail fraud for defrauding customers who ordered personal protective equipment early in the pandemic with false shipment timelines, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
According to the Eastern District of New York US Attorney’s Office, SupergoodDeals owner Kevin Lipsitz also sold the highly sought-after PPE costing anywhere from 150 to more than 500 percent.
With huge quantities of PPE in stock from March 2020 to May 2020, Lipsitz claimed from customers that he could quickly fill and ship their orders, according to prosecutors and court filings.
In some instances, Lipsitz advertised next-day shipping — and even provided customers with fabricated shipping confirmations, which included tracking numbers, according to prosecutors.
But hundreds of customers never received their PPE orders in the promised time, prosecutors said.
Lipsitz could face up to 20 years in prison.