(follow-up) RI: Ringleader of credit card scheme gets 11 years
A federal judge Friday sentenced Eric Snead, 33, of Providence, to 11 years in prison for orchestrating an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme.
Snead and co-conspirators compromised the accounts of nearly 50 victims and defrauded banks of more than $400,000 by obtaining duplicate credit cards of victims’ accounts and using the cards to obtain cash and merchandise.
Snead pleaded guilty to orchestrating the scheme and four other defendants pleaded guilty to their roles in it: Harry Gonzalez, 43, Norma Danzot, 41, Kenneth Muniz, 22, and Dwayne Silva, 29, all of Providence.
At Snead’s plea hearing in October, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein said the government could prove that Snead obtained victims’ identity information, and, after researching credit reports, requested duplicate credit cards for their accounts. He then created false temporary Rhode Island drivers’ licenses in the victims’ names, using his coconspirators’ pictures.
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