MA: Former Revere resident details family’s national credit card fraud, ID theft scheme

Details of a Revere family’s nationwide credit card and identification theft scheme were disclosed by a convicted family member who testified Friday at the federal court trial of the lone remaining defendant, an associate from Texas.

Donald Desimone, Jr., 45, formerly of 43 Hight St., Revere, who currently awaits a February sentencing, described the massive fraud that victimized more than 350 credit card holders. The scheme generated more than $350,000 for himself, his 41-year-old brother James of 1509 North Shore Road and his since-deceased father Donald, Sr.

Desimone’s associate, Dennis Savarese of Austin, Texas, is accused of stealing credit cards from health club lockers, mainly Bally Fitness Centers, from Maryland to Washington state.

According to prosecutors, Savarese used a keymaking trade manual to match serial numbers of combination locks to gain entry and steal credit cards from the wallets of health club members. He allegedly stole five to 10 cards from as many as three gyms each weekend then phoned James Desimone with the names on the credit cards.

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