A New York city man will spend more than five years in jail for running a half-million dollar scam that promised to reunite owners with their lost pets.
Eric Stein was arrested in January and pleaded guilty to charges he ran the ruse from June 2007 to January 2010 through a fraudulent Manhattan-based company called Return-A-Pet.
He was sentenced Monday in Manhattan federal court.
Prosecutors say the 53-year-old Stein sold sham "distributorships" for upfront fees of up to $50,000.
They said the distributorships were sold to individuals who lived all over the United States and abroad, including in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Africa.
The Daily News says Stein was ordered to pay $528,000 in restitution to his victims.
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