Notorious eyewear website operator imprisoned again

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — An eyewear website operator who spent more than three years in prison for threatening customers with murder or rape when they complained about eyeglasses has been imprisoned again.

Vitaly (vee’-TAL’-lee) Borker was ordered detained Monday after a New York judge who sentenced him five years ago expressed alarm that he was charged with breaking the law again through the sale of eyeglasses online.

Federal Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan cited allegations in a criminal complaint that Borker again was contacting customers.

The 41-year-old Borker, an immigrant from Ukraine living in Brooklyn, had been free since his arrest nearly two weeks ago on mail and wire fraud charges. Prosecutors say he’s still peddling shoddy glasses as premium ware.

Defense attorney Dominic Amorosa argued Monday that Borker is falsely charged.

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