Couple sentenced in QMart scheme that netted them thousands each weekend
A Bucks County couple has been sentenced to jail time and required to pay restitution after concocting a scheme to buy and sell stolen goods at the Quarkertown Farmer’s Market.
Michael Gill, 42, and Denise Marie Gill, 39, of Milford Township, Bucks County each were sentenced this past week by Bucks County President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. Michael Gill was sentenced to 11 to 23 months incarceration followed by three years of probation while Denise Gill was sentenced to 72 hours to 12 months in jail followed by three years of probation. Both were also ordered to pay restitution of $1,469, payable to Target and Giant. The chains donated goods to investigators, which they passed off as stolen to the Gills.
Michael Gill pleaded guilty last month to felony organized retail theft and felony receiving stolen property while his wife pleaded guilty to solicitation to retail theft and receiving stolen property.
Investigators were onto the Gills when they discovered the pair enlisted those battling from opioid and methamphetamine addictions to steal health and beauty products from retail stores. The couple then purchased the items at a fraction of the retail value and sold the goods for profit, Quakertown police and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said.
The couple reportedly began purchasing stolen items between December 2018 and July 2019.
The Gills then sold many of the stolen items through an eBay account associated with their store, “One Stop Health and Beauty Shop” located at the Quakertown Farmers Market. The couple bought the stolen items at their QMart shop, and would sell them at the store or at other locations along John Fries Highway in Milford Township, authorities said.
Undercover law enforcement conducted multiple controlled sales of purportedly stolen items to the Gills. Police later recovered some of the items while executing search warrants at the Gills’ QMart store and County Line Road home.
The couple was charged in October 2019 following an investigation by detectives from the Quakertown Borough Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force.
Michael Gill reported to authorities earning between $2,500 and $5,000 each weekend in sales, including through the sale of stolen items, and buying about $1,000 in products from private sellers each week, according to the criminal complaint. Between March 2017 and March 2019, revenue from the eBay business came in at about $117,000.
Denise Gill, who ran the eBay business, told officials she warned her husband about paying people to steal items for resale after she saw a news story about others doing it, the Courier Times, citing court documents, reports.
Both William Craig Penglase, the attorney representing Michael Gill, and Paul Lang, the attorney representing Denise Gill, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday afternoon.
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