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Vitaly Borker complaint

Vitaly Borker complaint

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Vitaly Borker was charged Dec. 6 with cyberstalking, fraud, and harassment after a New York Times profile of him claimed that his business strategy was to boost his page rankings by encouraging customer complaints. This is the federal complaint against him.
Vitaly Borker was charged Dec. 6 with cyberstalking, fraud, and harassment after a New York Times profile of him claimed that his business strategy was to boost his page rankings by encouraging customer complaints. This is the federal complaint against him.

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AssistantUnitedStatesAttorneyBefore:THEHONORABLERONALD
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ELLISUnitedStatesMagistrateJudgeSouthernDistrictofNewYork-------------------------------xUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
SEALEDCOMPLAINT
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Violationsof18U.S.C.§§226IA(2),87S(c),1341,1343,2VITALYBORKER,aJk/a"TonyRusso,"aJk/a"StanleyBolds,"Defendant.COUNTYOFOFFENSE:NEWYORK
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SOUTHERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORK,ss.:DOUGLASG.VEATCH,beingdulysworn,deposesandsaysthatheisaPostalInspectorwiththeUnitedStatesPostalInspectionService("USPIS"),andchargesasfollows:COUNTONE(Cyberstalking)1.FromatleastinoraboutJanuary2007,uptoandincludinginoraboutDecember2010,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,VITALYBORKER,a/kJa"TonyRusso,"a/k/a"StanleyBolds,"thedefendant,unlawfully,willfully,andknowingly,withtheintenttokill,injure,harass,andplaceundersurveillancewithintenttokill,injure,harass,andintimidate,andtocausesubstantialemotionaldistresstoapersoninanotherStateandtribaljurisdictionandwithinthespecialmaritimeandterritorialjurisdictionoftheUnitedStates,andtoplacethatpersoninreasonablefearofthedeathof,andseriousbodilyinjurytothatperson,amemberofthatperson'simmediatefamily,andaspouseandintimatepartnerofthatperson,usedthemail,interactivecomputerservices,andfacilitiesofinterstateandforeigncommercetoengageinacourseofconductthatcausedsubstantialemotionaldistresstothatpersonandplacedthatpersoninreasonablefearofthedeathof,orseriousbodilyinjuryto,anyofthepersonsdescribedabove,towit,BORKERcommunicatedwith,andthreatened,numerouscustomersofhisretailluxuryeyewearwebsite,"DecorMyEyes.com,"viaemailandtelephoneininterstate1
 
andforeigncommerce,inordertoharass,intimidate,andinjuresuchvictims,andtocausesuchvictimssubstantialemotionaldistress.(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section2261A(2).)COUNTTWO(ThreateningInterstateCommunications)2.FromatleastinoraboutJanuary2007,uptoandincludinginoraboutDecember2010,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,VITALYBORKER,a/k/a"TonyRusso,"alk/a"StanleyBolds,"thedefendant,unlawfully,willfully,andknowinglytransmitted,ininterstateandforeigncommerce,communicationscontainingthreatstoinjurethepersonofanother,towit,BORKERcommunicatedwith,andthreatened,numerouscustomersofhisretailluxuryeyewearwebsite,"Decorlvlylsyes.com,"viaemailandtelephoneininterstateandforeigncommerce,inordertoharass,intimidate,andinjuresuchvictims,andtocausesuchvictimssubstantialemotionaldistress.(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section875(c).)COUNTTHREE(MailFraud)3.FromatleastinoraboutJanuary2007,uptoandincludinginoraboutDecember2010,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,VITALYBORKER,a/k/a"TonyRusso,"alk/a"StanleyBolds,"thedefendant,unlawfully,willfully,andknowingly,havingdevisedandintendingtodeviseaschemeandartificetodefraud,andforobtainingmoneyandpropertybymeansoffalseandfraudulentpretenses,representations,andpromises,forthepurposeofexecutingsuchschemeandartificeandattemptingtodoso,placedinpostofficesandauthorizeddepositoriesformailmatter,mattersandthingstobesentanddeliveredbythePostalService,anddepositedandcausedtobedepositedmattersandthingstobesentanddeliveredbyprivateandcommercialinterstatecarriers,andtookandreceivedtherefromsuchmattersandthings,andknowinglycausedsuchmattersandthingstobedeliveredbymailandbysuchcarriersaccordingtothedirectionsthereon,andattheplacesatwhichtheyweredirectedtobedeliveredbythepersonstowhomtheywereaddressed,suchmattersandthings,towit,amongotherthings,BORKERengagedinaschemetodefraudcustomersofhisretailluxuryeyewearwebsite,"DecorMyEyes.com,"bymisrepresentingtheauthenticityandconditionofmerchandisehesoldandmailedtosuchcustomers,andattimesmakingunauthorizedchargestocustomers'accountsandlorretainingtheirpaidmerchandise.(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Sections1341and2.)COUNTFOUR(WireFraud)4.FromatleastinoraboutJanuary2007,uptoandincludinginoraboutDecember2010,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,VITALYBORKER,a/k/a"TonyRusso,"alk/a"StanleyBolds,"thedefendant,unlawfully,willfully,andknowingly,havingdevisedandintendingtodeviseaschemeandartificetodefraud,andforobtainingmoneyandpropertybymeansoffalseandfraudulentpretenses,representations,andpromises,2
 
didtransmitandcausetobetransmittedbymeansofwire,radio,andtelevisioncommunicationininterstateandforeigncommerce,writings,signs,signals,pictures,andsoundsforthepurposeofexecutingsuchschemeandartifice,towit,amongotherthings,inelectronicandtelephoniccommunications,BORKERengagedinaschemetodefraudcustomersofhisretailluxuryeyewearwebsite,"DecorMyEyes.com,"bymisrepresentingtheauthenticityandconditionofmerchandisehesoldandmailedtosuchcustomers,andattimesmakingunauthorizedchargestocustomers'accountsandlorretainingtheirpaidmerchandise:(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Sections1343and2.)5.IamaPostalInspectorwiththeUSPISintheNewYorkDivision.Ihavebeenpersonallyinvolvedintheinvestigationofthismatter.Thisaffidavitisbaseduponmyconversationswithotherlawenforcementofficersandagents,myinterviewsofwitnesses,andmyexaminationofdocuments,reportsandotherrecords;Becausethisaffidavitisbeingsubmittedforthelimitedpurposeofestablishingprobablecause,itdoesnotincludeallofthefactsthatIhavelearnedduringthecourseofmyinvestigation.Wherethecontentsofdocumentsandtheactions,statements,andconversationsofothersarereportedherein,theyarereportedinsubstanceandinpart,exceptwhereotherwiseindicated.6.Baseduponmyinvestigationtodate,Iamawarethat"DecorMyEyes.com"isanonlineretailerofpurportedluxuryeyewear,basedinBrooklyn,NewYork.Ibelievethatboth"TonyRusso"and"StanleyBolds"arealiasesusedbyVITALYBORKER,a/k/a"TonyRusso,"a/k/a"StanleyBolds,"thedefendant,whoisthesoleownerandoperatorofDecorMyEyes(accordingtowitnesseswithwhomIhavespoken,BORKERalsohasafemaleemployeeoremployeeswhooccasionallyanswerphonesandrespondtoemails).Thus,wherestatementsareattributedtoBORKERherein,theyweremadetovictimsbytheindividualwhomIbelievetobeBORKER,whousedeitherthealias"TonyRusso"or"StanleyBolds"whencommunicatingwithcustomers.Amongotherreasons,thebasesformybeliefthatthesealiasesareusedbyBORKERinclude:.a.IhavereadanarticlepublishedintheNewYorkTimesonoraboutNovember26,2010,inwhichBORKERappearseffectivelytohaveadmittedusingthealias"TonyRusso."
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thissamearticle,BORKERisquotedasexplainingthebusinessreasonsforhisconduct,essentiallyreasoningthatthemorenegativecommentsDecorMyEyesreceives,thehigheritsrankingonInternetsearchengines,andthemorebusinessitwilldo.b.OtherlawenforcementagentsandIhavespokenwithanumberofvictims,andIhavealsoreviewedcomplaintsfiledwiththeFederalTradeCommissionbywellover200victimsinmanystateswithintheUnitedStatesaswellasincountriesabroad,eachofwhommadeonlinepurchasesfromDecorMyEyes.com.Frommyreviewofthesecomplaints,adistinctpatternemerges:generally,manycustomersstatedthattheypurchasedeyewearfromthewebsite;thatitwasdefectiveorappearedtobecounterfeit;thattheytriedtoreturnorexchangeit;thatacampaignofaggressive,obscene,andintimidatingconductfollowedfromarepresentativeofDecorMyEyes.com;andthat,onmanyoccasions,unauthorizedpayments(suchasatwentypercent"restockingfee")wereassessed,orthecustomerswerenotreimbursedforreturnedorunfulfilledorders,orthecustomerswereneversentmerchandiseforwhichtheyhad
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