itunes-card-hero-xl-2015Ruben Profit, a 24-year-old employee at an Apple Store in New York's Queens Center Mall, has been charged with grand larceny and faces up to fifteen years in prison for an illegal scheme he ran while using his privileges as an Apple retail employee (via NBC).

Profit used re-coded Visa and American Express debit, credit, or gift cards to purchase numerous Apple gift cards, which he would then sell to other individuals at highly discounted prices.

Profit told police that he was paid $200 for each $2,000 Apple gift card he provided to another individual, according to prosecutors. Profit faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He was arraigned Friday and is being held on $20,000 bail.

The 24-year-old began working with the company in December of 2013, but transferred to the Queens location when it opened its doors this past July. He began purchasing the gift cards soon after -- the total coming in at $997,000 -- with receipts dating his purchases between August and October of 2015. When arrested, Profit was said to be in possession of 51 of the re-coded Visa and American Express cards, along with seven Apple gift cards with $2,000 on each.

Top Rated Comments

sputnikv Avatar
74 months ago
Almost enough for a maxed out Mac Pro
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Craigwilliam Avatar
74 months ago
He must've made a huge profit on that deal. His excuse was that he was just ruben from the rich to give to the poor.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cbflip2000 Avatar
74 months ago
Profit wanted to profit
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Benjamin Frost Avatar
74 months ago
He must've made a huge profit on that deal. His excuse was that he was just ruben from the rich to give to the poor.
Now you're just ruben his name in it.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avanpelt Avatar
74 months ago
I did have a guy come in around early December, drop his Amex black card and told me he's 23k short on meeting the annual spend. So I helped him buy a few things. But he was somewhat a regular and never had issues.
Helped him buy a few things, eh? I would've loved to have been a fly on the wall when this was transpiring...

Customer: How much are we up to now?

You: $18,542

Customer: Ok, I'll take one of those Mac Pros too...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pika2000 Avatar
74 months ago
His name is Ruben Profit. Is this a joke?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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