Pittsburgh-area business owner sentenced to prison for selling stolen health and beauty products


Date: April 11, 2023

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Pittsburgh, Pa — A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, currently a resident of Parkland, Florida, has been sentenced in connection with his plea of guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering, Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti announced today.

According to the information presented to the Court, Thach Duc Le, had pled guilty in November of 2022 to counts of wire fraud and money laundering for his role in selling stolen goods, mostly health and beauty aids and over the counter medications, through his Bellevue business, called Last Call Entertainment, which was supposedly in the business of selling used electronics.

Chief Judge Mark Hornak imposed a sentence of 19 months in federal prison, a fine of $8000 and three years of supervised release in addition to a $200 special assessment. In imposing sentence Judge Hornak noted the seriousness of the offense, what he characterized as a "consequential crime," a long term fencing operation for goods stolen from local merchants in the Bellevue area. Judge Hornak noted that Le was aware that the persons who brought the goods into his store to sell to him were known to him to be drug addicts and that his activity was instrumental in perpetuating a cycle of criminal activity that damaged the community and made Le a "mountain of money."

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment and the guilty plea in this case. Police departments from the City of Pittsburgh, Ross Township and Shaler Township also assisted in the overall investigation.