A Mat-Su man is accused of selling furniture imported wholesale from China and falsely claiming it was "Italian leather," according to federal charges filed Wednesday.
Prosecutors allege that from July 2014 onward, Dmitry Kudryn and "other uncharged co-conspirators" fraudulently sold furniture purchased from China to Alaska buyers. Kudryn has been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Kudryn bought at least $300,000 worth of wholesale furniture from Duoxieyi Sofa Co. in China, prosecutors say, which was delivered in bulk to his commercial property in Wasilla.
He then sold the furniture on Craigslist online under the guise that it was Italian-made.
Prosecutors say Kudryn misled buyers by saying that the furniture was "leftover samples" of "Italian leather furniture" being offered at a discounted price.
He said in Craigslist advertisements that the furniture, left over from home stagings, had been shipped from the Lower 48, and that each piece was worth $4,800.
Each piece of furniture from Duoxieyi Sofa Co. cost Kudryn around $1,050. He sold the furniture for $2,400 apiece in Alaska, court documents say.
Kudryn and others sold the furniture in Alaska "and elsewhere," Wednesday's indictment alleges.
Kudryn did not immediately return requests for comment.