A Derby man has been indicted in federal court in Wichita, accused of creating dozens of false identities in order to receive discounts on DVD's and Blue-ray discs from the Disney Movie Club and Columbia House DVD club and then reselling those movies online.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 45-year-old Harvey Self has been charged with nine counts of mail fraud, one count of money laundering, and two counts of tax Fraud. Self is accused of reselling the DVDs and Blue-ray discs he obtained at a discount on eBay and Amazon and collecting payments through PayPal.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, who assisted in the investigation, discovered 8 different Post Office boxes and commerical carrier boxes self created in Derby, Kechi, Andover, Haysville, Peck, Benton, Winfield,Valley Center, Udall, Oxford, Clearwater, Mulvane, Wichita, Augusta and Goddard. The list of false identities he's accused of using include Michael Wittman, Jamie Davis, Stephanie Vogel, Jossalyn Hanna, Phil Scott, Scott Philips, Greg Clark, Joe Green, Jimmy Jackson, John Foster, Will Enos, Kevin Griffin, Travis Powell, Jennifer Lewis, Kami Anderson, Savannah Clayton and Jessie Hannaself.
Investigators seized 2,833 DVDs and Blu-ray discs when they executed a search warrant on Self's home in Derby.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of mail fraud, a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000 on the money laundering count and a maximum penalty of three years and a fine up to $100,000 on each tax fraud count. The FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Homeland Security Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service investigated the case.