Louisiana man sentenced for role in debit card ring; over 2000 victims

Amon Rashad Peoples, 24, of Mer Rouge, La., was sentenced to a total of 111 months in prison for access devise fraud, aggravated identity theft, and attempted bank fraud, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced yesterday. Peoples was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $93,966.79 and was also sentenced to 5 years supervised release following the completion of his prison sentence. The sentence was imposed by Chief U. S. District Judge Robert G. James in Monroe.

According to court testimony, Peoples is responsible for fraudulently accessing over 2,000 different customer accounts involving over 60 financial institutions. Peoples and others at his direction made thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges through the use of counterfeit debit, credit, and gift cards that they manufactured.

From July 2005 to June 2009, Peoples and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained debit and credit card numbers belonging to various individuals and transferred this information to counterfeit cards. Peoples was arrested after he attempted to purchase individual bank account numbers from a Regions Bank employee, who notified law enforcement. The investigation further revealed that Peoples and other working with him transferred a portion of the money obtained during this scheme to other co-conspirators in China and Russia.

Five others previously pled guilty to federal charges in connection with this conspiracy: Tonyell T. Toliver, 36, of Monroe, La.; Shawna Batiste, 33 of Monroe, La.; Ben Simpson, 23, of Canton, Miss.; Demetricus Watson, 23, of Olive Branch, Miss.; and Dominique Flynn, 23, of Memphis, Tenn.

The case was investigated by Special Agent Darron N. Craft, U. S. Secret Service, Baton Rouge Resident Office, Special Agent Clint Cannon, U. S. Customs Service, and the Louisiana State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Cytheria D. Jernigan.

Previous reference to this case on DataBreaches.net can be found here. Once again, it seems, we are not told how the criminals obtained the identity or account information. Did they buy it on the Internet or acquire it by some other means? I wish all U.S. Attorneys would start routinely incorporating some statement about how the identity information was compromised.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Louisiana

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