Thursday, September 13, 2012
Harry Levy will serve a two year prison sentence starting in October.
Full details of the sentencing for Harry Levy were outlined in a court docket entry made Wednesday. Levy, the owner Hank Lee's Magic Factory in Medford, won't have to report to prison for his two year sentence until Oct. 29, according to court records. A federal judge has recommended he serve his term at Fort Dix, a minimum security federal prison in New Jersey, and that he particpate in mental health care. Levy was sentenced last week on charges of credit card fraud and issuing false statements stemming from making 134 false charges totalling over $560,000 to a customers credit card over two years, then lying to investigators who looked into them. On Sept. 6 U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris handed him a sentence of two years in …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Harry Levy was sentenced Thursday.
Harry Levy, the owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory in Medford, was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday for committing credit card fraud and misleading investigators, according to a court official. Levy, 61, of Lexington, pleaded guilty in April to making over $560,000 in fraudulent charges to one customer's credit card over a two year span starting in 2009, then lying about the charges to investigators, according to court filings. Judge Patti Saris handed down the sentence in a hearing Thursday morning at U.S. District in Boston. Levy's attorney unsuccessfully argued for him to avoid prison time and serve six months in a halfway house, six months house arrest and three years probation instead, according to court filings. His plea …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The U.S. District Court filings leading up to Harry Levy's sentencing.
The above documents outline the requested sentences for Harry Levy, submitted by U.S. prosecutors and Levy's attorney. Levy committed credit card fraud and issued false statements to federal investigators. Sentencing memorandums are submitted prior to a defendant's sentencing. They outline what each side views as appropriate punishment. Read more on the case.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
"When a good person commits a bad crime, he should be sent to prison, too; maybe not for as long, but to prison nonetheless."
Update (9/6/12, 12:15 p.m.): Magic Factory Owner Sentenced on Credit Card, Issuing False Statements Charges Read the sentencing memorandums in their entirety. Federal prosecutors say the owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory "made a mockery of the justice system" and want him to spend 30 months in prison for committing over $500,000 in credit card fraud. "Under any set of circumstances, this is a bad crime: lengthy, repeated, calculated, and callous," federal prosecutor Scott Garland wrote in a filing Aug. 31. "Once federal investigators started investigating the fraud’s depth, breadth, and perpetrator, Harry Levy — though a beloved family man, a steadfast friend, and an engaging businessman — doubled down by lying to the investigators on …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sentencing scheduled for Sept. 6.
A judge in federal court approved a request Wednesday to seal from the public the psychological evaluation of a Medford business owner who admitted to more than $560,000 in credit fraud. Harry Levy, owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory, will have his sentencing memorandum sealed from the public. The memorandum, to be filed by his attorney, will outline Levy's request for sentencing on charges of credit card fraud and issuing false statements, which stem from him making over a half-million dollars in unauthorized charges on one customer's credit card then misleading investigators, according to court filings. In a motion Aug. 17, Levy's attorney requested the sentencing memorandum be sealed. "The memorandum contains personal information about …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Harry Levy is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 6.
Update: Judge OK's Request to Seal Psychological Evaluation The owner of a Medford business who has admitted to making over a half-million dollars in unauthorized charges on one customer's credit card wants to have his sentencing memorandum sealed from the public, according to court filings. The attorney for Harry Levy, owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory, filed a motion earlier this month asking the memorandum be filed under seal. It includes the outcome of a forensic psychological evaluation and numerous letters of support, according to the filing, submitted by attorney Steven Sussman. "The memorandum contains personal information about the defendant in which the defendant has a protected privacy interest that outweighs any interest of the…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Prosecutors are seeking over $560,000 in restitution
Prosecutors have put the wheels in motion in reclaiming over $560,000 the owner of a Medford magic trick shop obtained through fraudulent charges to one customer's credit card. Harry Levy, the owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory, pleaded guilty in March to charges of credit card fraud and issuing false statements after he made a series of fraudulent charges in 2009 and 2010 to one customer's credit card totaling $561,927, then misled federal investigators looking into the charges, according to court filings. On July 9, U.S. Assistant Attorney Veronica Lei filed a motion seeking an order of forfeiture in U.S. District Court in Boston. If the full balance stemming from the credit card fraud cannot be obtained in cash, the plea agreement …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory has sentencing delayed.
The owner of a Medford magic trick store was initially expected to be sentenced later in July, but that's changed. Harry Levy, the owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory, pleaded guilty to charges of credit card fraud and making false statements in March. Levy made $561,927 in unauthorized charges to one customer's credit card over a two year period, then misled investigators as they looked into the charges in 2011, according to signed court documents. The customer, a wealthy Texas man, was an occassional shopper through the magic store's website, according to court documents. The unauthorized charges were noticed when one of his assistants was going through his statements. Sentencing in the case was originally slated for July 20, but it was …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Harry Levy pleaded guilty to charges of credit card fraud and issuing false statements Friday.
Harry Levy appeared in U.S. District Court in Boston Friday to plead guilty to charges stemming from charging a customer of his Medford magic store over $500,000 in unauthorized fees and misleading federal investigators. Levy, 61, of Lexington is scheduled to return to court July 20 to be sentenced. The owner of Hank Lee's Magic Factory signed a plea agreement earlier this month on the charges, which stem from him making 134 unauthorized transactions on a customer's American Express card totaling $561,927 between 2009 and 2011, according to court documents. He appeared in court Friday to waive indictment and formally enter guilty pleas. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors won't charge him with wire fraud or aggravated identity …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Harry Levy was originally slated to appear in court Wednesday.
Harry Levy has had his date in court rescheduled. The owner of the Hank Lee's Magic Factory, Levy has admitted to making over $500,000 in bogus charges to a customer's credit card, according to court filings. He was originally expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Boston for a hearing on April 18, but it has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, April 20, according to a court docket. Levy, 61, is expected to waive indictment and formally plead guilty to charges of one count of credit card fraud and one count of making false statements to federal investigators. He signed a plea agreement earlier this month on the charges, which stem from him making 134 unauthorized transactions on a customer's American Express card totaling $561,927…