Apple Retail Store worker charged with stealing nearly $1 million in Apple gift cards

“A 24-year-old man has been charged with grand larceny and other crimes for allegedly re-coding credit and debit cards while working at the Apple store in the Queens Center Mall and using them to buy legitimate Apple gift cards worth nearly $1 million,” NBC 4 New York reports.

“Ruben Profit, of Cambria Heights in Queens, New York, started working with Apple in December 2013 and transferred to the retail store in the Elmhurst mall when it opened in July,” NBC 4 reports. “While working there, Profit allegedly bought multiple Apple gift cards using Visa and/or American Express gift, debit or pre-paid credit cards between August and October, authorities said. The total value of the gift cards was $997,000.”

“An investigation launched in October when Apple started getting notifications of charge-backs, which indicate fraudulent transactions, on the Apple gift cards Profit allegedly purchased,” NBC 4 reports. “Profit faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.”

Full article here.

“When Profit was arrested he had 51 American Express and Visa gift cards on him, and allegedly told officers he was paid $200 for each $2,000 Apple gift card he gave to another person,” Katie Honan reports for DNAinfo.

“Profit was charged with grand larceny and nearly 50 counts of possession of a forged instrument, according to the DA,” Honan reports. “He had a previous arrest for marijuana possession in 2013, records show.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, Profit wasn’t the Genius, nor was he aptly named.

He’s being held on $20,000 bail. Hopefully the authorities don’t accept credit cards.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. “there’s 100 things that can go wrong with a perfect crime. If you’re a genius, you’ll think of 50 of them. And you’re not a genius.”
    – Movie “Body Heat”

    1. Yes, death is your final solution and guns are the answer to EVERY problem. When you have limited imagination, you are likely to come up with few solutions to problems.

  2. To get to a million dollars in Apple Gift cards, you’d think someone would notice the huge quantities of these cards moving from a single location. Guess not..

    Not to bright to do this all in one store, you have to think that if you do it long enough, someone was going to notice..

    1. These stores do huge volume each week. $1M isn’t a large number relative to the total. Poor guy didn’t realize that the actual card holders would escalate and eventually Apple would see $1M in chargebacks to one store. THAT is where $1M stands out, and that’s when the red flag is waived.

    1. I can see the headline,
      “Profit is taking a beating on the Rikers Island index, and some wonder how long this functional sociopath is going to be able to restrain Market penetration”
      (Referring the the pedophile who raped a five year old named Ames Market who is “holed up there”)

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