Magician sentenced after making $560,000 disappear

Magic wand and hat 
By: Sarah Weiss 

At least, he delivered on his promises. That's one way to spin the story of a Massachusetts magic shop owner who made $560,000 in cash from a customer disappear.

The news media reported that the victim of Harry Levy cannot find that particularly angle funny.

Prosecutors say that the 61-year-old Levy tried to cover up the theft by lying to federal detectives and submitting false reports to the grand jury.

The Lexington businessman was sentenced in federal court in Boston on charges of credit card fraud and making false statements.

The factory owner of Hank Lee Magic did not even try to hide his actions behind a red curtain. Levy pleaded guilty to charges that he made 134 unauthorized transactions using the account number of his victim.

He will receive two years probation and will be forced to pay compensation to his victim with liquidity problems, as his victim was forced to put his house on the market and abandon plans to finance a business, thanks to Levy’s show-stopping act.



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