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Infamous Eyewear Scammer Accused of Fraud for 3rd Time

He’s charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.




A New York man twice convicted of fraud-related charges related to online eyewear sales has been arrested and charged for a third time.

Vitaly Borker, 45, of Brooklyn, has been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Borker is the operator of “,” an online retailer of purported designer eyewear. He is accused “in connection with a scheme to defraud customers by misrepresenting the authenticity and condition of eyeglasses sold through the website,” according to the release.

“Upon Vitaly Borker’s second conviction by this Office for fraud-related offenses, my predecessor posed the rhetorical question of whether ‘federal prison will impress upon this shady businessman that seeking to make money by fraud and intimidation is a path to prison.’ Apparently, it has not,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams. “As alleged, just after his release from federal prison, serial fraudster Vitaly Borker reverted back to his illegal conduct connected to online eyewear businesses.”

USPIS Acting Inspector in Charge Edwards said: “Mr. Borker is allegedly up to his old tricks of bilking those looking for online eyewear. Make no mistake, each time Mr. Borker breaks the law, Postal Inspectors have no problem with bringing him to justice for his continued criminal activity.”

INVISION last wrote about Borker in April 2019, when he was sentenced to two additional years in prison in connection with a scam operation. That was on top of five years he had already served.


More from the Feb. 18 release:

As alleged in the Complaint unsealed today:

Beginning in at least June 2020, after being released from federal custody and entering a Residential Reentry Center, VITALY BORKER operated an eyewear sales and repair services website called claims, among other things, that it sells “brand new and 100% authentic designer eyeglasses and sunglasses” and that it has “thousands of pairs of glasses in stock…ready for shipping as early as TODAY.”  In truth, however, the eyewear sold to customers of was often used and/or counterfeit.  Rather than carrying a large inventory of “brand new and 100% authentic eyewear,” filled its customers’ orders by purchasing comparable items on a third-party online marketplace (the “Marketplace”).  The eyewear purchased by from the Marketplace was often used and/or counterfeit, but passed off the glasses as new and authentic.  In addition, while claims to be a “leader in the repair of sunglasses and eyeglasses” and able to “fit any eyeglasses or sunglasses with your custom prescriptions,” customers who sent eyewear to either did not have their eyewear repaired at all and/or otherwise received unsatisfactory work.

In order to conceal his role in operating, BORKER – who has twice previously been convicted in this District of crimes relating to his operation of eyewear websites – assumed the identities of two other individuals in connection with the operation of

BORKER, 45, of Brooklyn, New York, is charged with mail fraud and wire fraud, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a additional mandatory consecutive two year sentence.  The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of these defendants would be determined by a judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the USPIS.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Weinberg is in charge of the prosecution.

As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth in this release constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.






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