Kansas man indicted in movie fraud scheme

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they have indicted a Derby man who created dozens of false identities so he could buy discounted DVD and Blu-ray movies and then resell them.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that 45-year-old Harvey C. Self is charged with nine counts of mail fraud, one count of money laundering and two counts of tax fraud.

No attorney was listed for him in court records.

The government alleges Self used the bogus identities to join the Disney Movie Club and Columbia House DVD Club, then resold the movies on eBay and Amazon. Postal inspectors identified 28 different mailing addresses used in the scheme at post offices or commercial carrier boxes in 15 south-central Kansas communities.

Self told The Associated Press he has eight children and was raising money to support his kids by buying discs in bulk and selling them individually. He says armed agents came to his house last year and took what they wanted. He says they also cleaned out his bank account and that of his then 75-year-old mother.

Investigators seized 2,833 DVDs and Blu-ray discs from his home.


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