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Woman's cell phone scam earns her $300K and then prison time

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A Eugene woman is going to prison after a cell phone sales scheme netted her more than $300,000.

Tamara Brown, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in January. This week, she was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

Brown admitted that while working for The Pape Group in Eugene she used her corporate authority to order large quantities of cell phones. Investigators said she had the phones delivered to her home and the home of a friend and then sold them on eBay.

It happened between February 2010 and October 2011.

Investigators said Brown improperly ordered 5,107 cell phones and received more than $305,000 from selling them. The money was deposited in her personal bank account and spent on down payments for a home and vehicles, as well as trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas.

Brown was fired once The Pape Group became aware of the situation.

Once out of prison, Brown was ordered to three years of supervised released. She must also forfeit the $305,000 and pay full restitution to her former employer.

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