A Washington state theft sold millions of dollars of stolen goods on Amazon.com over the past six years, and a couple of Amazon's contract delivery drivers were involved, recent unsealed federal court documents show.
to a lawsuit, sealed in U.S. District Court in Seattle and reviewed by The Associated Press, purchased two retailers that were pawnshop merchandise from store clerks, and then sent the items to Amazon warehouse, where they were stored until sold online .  Units associated with the alleged leader have been trading at least $ 10 million on Amazon since 2013, FBI agent Ariana Kroshinsky wrote in her statement.
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Among those who delivered stolen items to the pawn shops were two contracted Amazon drivers, Kroshinsky said. Their job was to travel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, pick up items that were returned to the company and then take them to an Amazon warehouse south of Seattle, and deliver items to post offices for delivery. Instead, they routinely stole the goods and sold them to the pawn shops, she wrote.
Amazon did not immediately send an email commenting on the matter Thursday.
The investigation began last summer when a police detective in Auburn, a southern suburb of Seattle, reviewed a mortgage lender sale and noticed a man had made 57 transactions. It turned out to be one of the drivers.
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He had received almost $ 30,000 selling goods to the pawn shops between February and July last year. , the statement states. The police initially arrested the driver, but released him from prison to avoid interfering with their larger investigation.
The second driver, identified as Abbas Zghair, was believed to be a roommate of the first. Amazon told investigators that Zghair stole property worth $ 100,000, including gaming systems, sports equipment and computer products – items he sold to one of the pawn shops for under $ 20,000, the agent wrote.
In an unrelated case, Zghair is charged with murder after police say he shot and killed a man in an Auburn field in March, then fled to the Canadian border, where he was arrested for trying to cross with a fake ID. He is being held on $ 2.5 million bail.
Both drivers worked for Amazon contractor JW Logistics, based in Frisco, Texas. It was unclear how long Zghair had worked for the company, but in 2015 he was convicted of reckless driving in Lewis County after leading police in a chase of over 161 mph, driving a red light, driving over multiple lanes of travel and crashing in a field.
The company said a representative was not immediately available to comment after regular business hours on Thursday.
Detectives set up pawn shops, Innovation Best in Kent and Thrift-Electro in Renton, and observed that they seemed to pay store lifts and drug users money for new items from Department Stores Home Depot, Lowes and Fred Meyer. Unlike typical mortgage loan stores, they did not sell sales; instead, the products were moved to a warehouse and to Amazon "fulfillment centers," from where they were shipped when they were sold on Amazon's sellers site using the "Bestforyouall" or "Freeshipforyou" handles, the statement states.
AMAZON HAS & # 39; DESTROYED RETAIL INDUSTRY IN US 48,000 last six years. The items included allergy medicines, razors, electric toothbrushes and tools in the original packaging. Detectives also conducted undercover operations where they sold new items in the original packaging to the stores, which accepted them without question, Kroshinsky wrote.
The FBI said it is awaiting several Amazon records to determine the full extent of Pavlovskiy's business, but "estimated revenue from Amazon sales, for units associated with Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, was at least $ 10 million since 2013."
Pavlovskiy's attorney, Cristine Beckwith, did not return a comment.
The sale of stolen or counterfeit goods on Amazon or other digital marketplaces is not uncommon, but it was not immediately clear how many other schemes had reached such a sales volume. Last year, police raided a pawn shop in Monroe, north of Seattle, which they said had taken in $ 428,000 worth of stolen items, much of it on Amazon.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FOKNYT APP  Jon Reily, Vice President of Digital Consultancy Publicis Sapient and former Head of E-Commerce User Experience for Amazon Devices, said preventing the sale of stolen goods is a major challenge for the company, but Dealers can be held accountable if they do not do enough to ensure that they do not sell stolen goods. Because Amazon is unable to review "every Tide pod" sold on the site, the company is likely to need to do more to sell veterinarians, Riley said.
"It's a bit of a weapon race for Amazon to be able to take product, put it online and get it to their customers quickly and unknowingly selling stolen items at the same time," Reily said. "Finally, what Amazon has to do is show good faith if the government comes knocking on the door and says, 'Look, you sell stolen goods.' ""