Georgia woman pleads guilty to stealing nearly $127K in eyeglasses

ATLANTA — A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to a fraudulent online scheme that netted her nearly $127,000 in stolen eyeglasses, prosecutors said Thursday.

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Rachelle Leigh Parker, 39, of Brooks, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by taking, according to a news release from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. She was sentenced to a 10-year term by a Fayette County Superior Court judge, including a year to be served in jail and nine years on probation, WSB-TV reported. Parker also was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to retailer Warby Parker, according to the television station.

According to a statement from Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Parker created hundreds of accounts with Warby Parker between October 2017 and September 2018. Carr said that Parker used a different email each time to take advantage of the retailer’s “Home Try-On” program.

The customer has the option after sampling the frames to return them or pay for them.

According to the Attorney’s Office, Parker used prepaid debit cards that were loaded with little or no funds so that she would not be charged for returning the frames. Prosecutors said Parker received 1,290 frames through 258 orders.

The value of the frames were worth $126,900, and Parker did not pay for them, prosecutors said.

“We are proud to be in the fight against online retail crime in our state, and we will not hesitate to pursue those who engage in this criminal behavior,” Carr said in a statement. “By working hand-in-hand with local, state and federal law enforcement, we will continue to investigate and prosecute the individuals who perpetrate these coordinated acts of theft. We are committed to protecting Georgia’s businesses and consumers, and we believe this case sends a message that this type of illegal activity will not be tolerated.”

Parker is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail, according to WSB.

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