Yevgeniy and Lyudmila Smirnov have used eBay to set up a crime ring. The two Vancouver residents set up a large-scale stolen goods ring that led them into making over $140,000 per month in eBay sales according to Oregon Live.
The goods were sold to customers overseas, especially in Eastern European countries where the cost of cosmetic goods are high. When a large number of Crest teeth whitening strips, Alli weight loss pills, and Rogaine hair treatment went missing from major grocery stores in Portland, the police started tracking the Smirnovs.
The police went undercover and sold the Smirnovs stolen goods at a Walmart parking lot. Then they used a search warrant to find a large inventory of the stolen goods at the couple’s home. The couple pleaded not guilty on charges of trafficking stolen goods and money laundering.