WACO (October 11, 2012)--A local woman was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison after she pleaded guilty earlier to stealing art paints from area Hobby Lobby stores and reselling the merchandise on eBay.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith sentenced Andrea Kay Thompson to 30 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release and ordered her to pay $22,276.90 in restitution and a $100 special assessment to the court.
A federal court document says, beginning in January 2011, Thompson stole fine art paints from Hobby Lobby stores in Temple and Killeen and then resold them on eBay.
The government presented evidence that Thompson used the Internet, in interstate commerce, to sell and later facilitate shipping the paints across the country.
Records received from Hobby Lobby reveal that the items sold on eBay were sold at approximately 75% below retail cost, which exceeded at least $5,000.