TAMPA — A Land O'Lakes man pleaded guilty to mail fraud in federal court this week.
Nikalesh Hemant Masters, 42, operates Supercheapbuynow.com along with his wife, according to Florida business records. The website, operated out of his home at 8704 Winsome Way, sells products like USB cables, aquarium filters and cellphone signal boosters, and it advertises free shipping on every order.
According to federal court documents, Masters defrauded the U.S. Postal Service out of at least $58,000 in postage. He joined Endicia.com, a service that lets users print out postage labels. From as early as January 2011 up to October 2013, Masters copied used labels, the complaint says. Once the Post Office realized the scheme, investigators bought a few packages from Masters and received the fake labels.
Federal agents raided Masters' house last October and recovered unused duplicate postage and his work computers.
He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced at a later date.