Michigan man pleads guilty to scam that cost Apple $1 million


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Van-Seyla Mork claimed Apple sent out empty boxes instead of products.
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A Michigan man this week pleaded guilty to running an “empty-box” fraud scheme that cost Apple more than $1 million.

Van-Seyla Mork filed complaints on behalf of Apple customers, alleging that purchased products had not been received. After obtaining refunds, he transferred the money through various bank accounts in an effort to conceal the fraudulent proceeds.