BOSTON – A Boston Police officer was charged yesterday in connection with purchasing, using, and selling gift cards obtained from the return of stolen merchandise.
Eddie Odney, 38, was charged in an Information with one count of access device fraud. According to the term of the plea agreement also filed today, Odney has agreed to plead guilty and resign his position as a Boston Police Officer.
According to the Information, over the course of over a year and a half, Odney purchased approximately $5,000 worth of gift cards that he believed were obtained from the return of stolen merchandise at stores including T.J. Maxx, Macy’s, Whole Foods, and HomeGoods. Odney paid cash for these cards and used them to make over $1,600 in purchases.
The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The details contained in the charging documents are only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.