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Kalamazoo man faces up to 40 years in prison for bilking Apple of $1M in "Empty-Box" scam

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FILE - This Thursday, May 19, 2016, file photo shows the Apple logo on the side of the Apple Union Square store, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

A 25-year-old Kalamazoo man pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering after causing Apple to issue $1 million in refunds, according to the United State Attorney David L. Anderson.

Van-Seyla Mork admitted to a San Jose federal court judge that he told Apple’s customer service department that an empty box had been mailed to his address, but he had received the product. Anderson said he also admitted that the price of the delivered products was $1 million.

Anderson said that Mork admitted to moving the money through several bank accounts to hide where the money originated.

Bail was set a $50,000 and Mork was released on bond.

Mork was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21, 2019, in San Jose. He faces up to 40 years in prison and up to $750,000 in fines.