In a complaint filed with Superior Court, state attorneys alleged a Middletown pawn shop engaged in selling stolen goods which constituted a criminal enterprise under the state’s racketeering statute.
The civil complaint, filed Sept. 1, asks the Gold Fever Pawn Shop operators to pay penalties of up to $6.5 million, stemming from the alleged illegal practices of the shop on Broad Street in Middletown.
Shaun Reilly, 36, his wife, Kisha Reilly, and his mother, Denise Toy, 63, all of New Castle, are accused of knowingly enlisting shoplifters to steal items from area retailers and storing the items in a trailer at Toy’s home.
The stolen items were eventually sold at the pawn shop with Toy and the Reillys paying shoplifters approximately one-third of the sale price.
Also named as defendants in the complaint are Gold Fever, LLC and Gold Fever Finance, LLC.
The complaint contends the pawn shop and its operators constituted an enterprise that operated in violation of the Delaware Organized Crime and Racketeering Act.
In all, there are 10 counts in the complaint, including receiving stolen property, failure to collect or pay over tax, wire fraud, mail fraud, four counts of organized crime and racketeering, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony by Shaun Reilly, and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited by Kisha Reilly
The state is seeking an amount not less than $6.4 million in civil penalties, an amount based on $100,000 for each of the 64 violations or incidents of activity constituting a violation of the State R.I.C.O. statute described in the complaint.
Also, the complaint asks for an additional $100,000 from Shaun Reilly for his violation of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and $100,000 from Kisha Reilly for her violation of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
The Reillys and Toy were arrested in August 2016 as part of “Operation Golden Eye,” a multijurisdictional investigation by Delaware Department of Justice, Delaware State Police, U.S. Postal Service and the Middletown Police Department.
In February of this year, Toy pled guilty to providing a firearm to a person prohibited, conspiracy third degree, and theft (organized retail crime) and was immediately sentenced by a Superior Court judge to six months in prison followed by one year of probation.
Shaun Reilly in April pleaded guilty to racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and was immediately sentenced by a Superior Court judge to nine years in prison, followed by 18 months of probation.
Also in April, Kisha Reilly pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation in the second degree, felony theft (organized retail crime), and two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
In August, a Superior Court judge sentenced Reilly, who was banned from having a gun because of a prior drug conviction, to six months of home confinement followed by 18 months of probation.