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2 men charged in Giant Eagle gift-card fraud



Published: Thu, March 5, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Elise Franco

YOUNGSTOWN — Two men accused of defrauding local Giant Eagle stores of thousands of dollars are charged with several felonies.

Anton Pyateysky, 19, of Austintown, and Mureed Amireh, 26, of Youngstown, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to charges of theft by deception, criminal simulation and criminal tools.

Austintown Detective Dan Kosco said the two men had been reproducing bar codes from activated Giant Eagle gift cards and then distributing them.

They were using gift cards that had balances, “and then making duplicate bar codes,” he said. “They sold them for less than the face value of the gift card.”

Kosco said the bar codes were printed on heavy paper, much like the type used to make business cards.

“It was clear that they weren’t real gift cards,” he said.

The fake cards were used at self-check-out registers and Get-Go pumps at Giant Eagles all over the Mahoning Valley, all the way to Hermitage, Pa. Kosko said a total of $46,022 was stolen.

Kosco said the Austintown Police Department, along with the Mahoning Valley Criminal Task Force and Giant Eagle loss prevention, investigated the pair for eight months.

“I had an informant who called in a tip and told me what was going on,” he said.

Police said Pyateysky is a computer expert and owner of Anton’s Computer on State Street in Hermitage, which is how he was able to reproduce the bar codes.

Both men are free on bond and set for pretrial hearings at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

A jury trial court date has been set for 10 a.m. May 11 in front of Judge Lou D’Apolito.

efranco@vindy.com


Comments

1tinnydrop(16 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Nows that funny.....go figure these 2 eggheads firgured a way to scam G.E......lol. Smarts overtook their common sense though!

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2YTownPride(7 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Giant Eagle deserves it for the ripping off and deomographic collecting schemes they conduct anyways. It's more funny that two near teenagers outwitted them I personally think.

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3aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I don't know who's more stupid.

These two men, or the people that bought them.

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4TheLostPatrol(756 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Two un-racially profiled arabic descendents that need to be deported. In a class with the Covenience Store Owners that sell expired food & baby formula, and buy welfare points for 25 cents on the dollar. "Amerrrrrrrica been verrrrrry gooood to me"!

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5henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

probably sent their profits to bin-Laden

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6gmann415(268 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

hey everyone, i recently read that the youngstown court is going to drop over 500 warrents on people that HAVE COMMITED CRIMES AGAINST YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER. i guess that is going to make youngstown a crime haven. why dont we all stand together and protest against this and make these punks be punished for what they have done. in cleveland we have on our local newsstation which is a wkbyn ownd a thing called the wheel of justice and every thursday the euclid co.sherrifs spin the wheel and whoevers name it lands on gets posted. the show the name and the pictur and the crime that was commited. they ask the viewers to turn the person for a cash reward. and in turn the crimminal has to pay that cash reward back to the courts along with hai or her fines.

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7sexyserb04(1 comment)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I think all of these comments are for the most part very unfair. These are two young guys that made a mistake. Unless you know these men you should not judge them. They got caught and will do there time for it. I have known one of these men for 5 years and he is a great guy. This is not a issue that has anything to do with their race so no one should make it into that.

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