Federal authorities have arrested a Costa Mesa woman they say stole more than $732,000 worth of Apple products from an electronics store where she worked and sold them at deep discounts online.
Cecilia L. Litonjua-Moore, 44, who worked at L.A. Computer Co. in Anaheim for 10 years, began the scheme in 2011 to pay for personal expenses — including a gambling habit, according to the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.
A federal grand jury indictment filed last week alleged that Litonjua-Moore took the products from the company's warehouse and sold them on EBay for 20% to 40% less than wholesale.
She then shipped the products to buyers, according to the FBI, and collected their payments for herself through PayPal or wire transfers.
Litonjua-Moore, an executive assistant, had access to the store's sales, inventory and invoice systems and covered her tracks after each theft, the indictment stated. L.A. Computer Co.'s owner discovered the crime in December 2013, according to prosecutors and the FBI.
Litonjua-Moore faces three counts of wire fraud and could face up to 60 years in federal prison if convicted, federal authorities said.