A Staten Island business owner pleaded guilty Thursday to emailing fraud to defrauding customers who ordered personal protective equipment in the early days of the pandemic with fake shipping timelines, federal prosecutors said.
Kevin Lipsitz, owner of SuperGoodDeals, also raised the price of the much-sought-after PPE-sold the stored materials for anywhere from 150 to over 500 percent above cost, according to the Eastern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s office.
With a huge amount of PPE in stock from March 2020 to May 2020, Lipsitz claimed to customers that he could quickly complete and ship their orders, according to prosecutors and lawsuits.
In some cases, Lipsitz announced next-day shipping — and even provided customers with fabricated shipping confirmations that included tracking numbers, according to prosecutors.
But hundreds of customers never received their PPE orders in the promised time, prosecutors said.
Lipsitz faces up to 20 years in prison.