Man faces 20 years in alleged Xbox scheme |

Man faces 20 years in alleged Xbox scheme

DENVER ” Authorities say an alert customer service clerk handling an Xbox return helped lead them to a scheme that allegedly cost retailers at least $182,000.

Twenty-seven-year-old Yewchoo Ng is accused of exchanging defective Xboxes and other electronic equipment for new ones and selling them on the Internet.

He pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to one count of mail fraud and a forfeiture allegation. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of any of the proceeds gained from the alleged scheme.

Ng was released on bail and ordered to stand trial Dec. 1. Ng’s attorney, James Castle, declined comment.

In a complaint filed Sept. 19, a U.S. Postal Inspector said Ng routinely went to stores to swap out defective Xboxes, PlayStations, computers, computer hard drives and stereo equipment for new ones, then sold them on the Internet. Retailers allegedly affected include Target, Amazon,, Best Buy, Circuit City, Sears and Wal-Mart.

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