A designer and designer at an online fraud website who allegedly created fake designer websites and marketed them as “real” websites was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for scamming a federal judge.
In his decision, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey N. Sirota found James R. Lutz, who was sentenced in April, guilty of mail fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, and wire fraud for running an online shop called Parler.
Prosecutors say Lutz and his company, Web Design Studio, created fake websites, advertised them as legitimate websites, and charged money for their services.
Lutz and Web Design Studios were sentenced in July to eight years in prison, and in October to three years in supervised release, as well as ordered to pay restitution to the victims.
The court heard the two defendants used their bogus websites to create millions of fake credit cards and other financial documents.
The defendants used Parler to sell counterfeit credit cards, which were sold to customers.
Parler was founded in 2008, and it has been operating for years, according to court records.
Luthas co-defendant, Christopher R. Smith, pleaded guilty to fraud in December.
The prosecution says Lutz was a paid consultant to Parler and that Parler was a legitimate website that advertised products and services.
He was also charged with mail fraud, wire credit card fraud, mail and wire fraudulent activity, wire and interstate wire fraud and identity theft.
Luthas also was charged with one count of wire fraud.
He pleaded guilty in November.
The trial in U.s.
District Court in Los Angeles is set to continue through July.