Organized Retail Crime Case

Today, Abumutalibzhon Ravshanov, 22, of Lee County, Florida, and Brooklyn, New York, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced, on two counts of Organized Fraud, a
second-degree felony.

Mr. Ravshanov was sentenced to 28 months in prison followed by 10 years of probation for crimes that targeted a major home supply retailer. He must also pay more than $90,000 in restitution to the business he defrauded.

Assistant State Attorney J.D. Miller, State Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit Chief, prosecuted the case.

The crimes of fraud were discovered as part of an ongoing investigation by Home Depot’s Asset Protection Investigations. Mr. Ravshanov was employed in both a Lee County and Collier County location of Home Depot. He generated fraudulent returns, creating gift cards, which would then be used by associates known by law enforcement, across the United States. The gift cards were used mainly in South Florida and the New York metropolitan area, to purchase high dollar items.

The defendant was prosecuted in both Lee County and Collier County, after investigations were done by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, from information received from the Home Depot Asset Protection Team.

The defendant made $21,562 in fraudulent returns in Lee County and $71,886 in Collier County. He was ordered to pay $93,448 in total restitution to Home Depot, when he was sentenced today in Lee County.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office