Former Montgomery County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Inmate Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Federal Prison for Credit Card Fraud Scheme | USAO-MD
Green belt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel today sentenced Abraham Oliver, 26, a former Montgomery County Corrections Department inmate, to 61 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy in with a view to committing mail and money transfers. fraud and for aggravated identity theft while incarcerated. Additionally, Judge Hazel ordered the defendant to forfeit approximately $12,166.93 held in the detainees’ accounts and to pay compensation for the full amount of the victim’s losses of $31,252.35.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Acting Postal Inspector in Charge Greg L. Torbenson of the United States Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division; and Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department.
According to Oliver’s plea agreement, between January and April 2018, while Oliver was detained at the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DOCR), he conspired with co-defendant Octavia Ikea Terry to obtain and use fraudulently credit and debit card numbers. others without their knowledge or permission.
Specifically, Oliver admitted that he had Terry buy bitcoin and then use the bitcoin to buy credit and debit card numbers on the dark web. Oliver further instructed Terry to identify credit and debit accounts available for sale that originated in Maryland and then use the debit and credit card numbers to make deposits into the inmates’ escrow account. ‘Oliver and on the escrow accounts of the other inmates. Oliver provided Terry with the inmate numbers during the phone calls he made from the DOCR to Terry. Oliver also told Terry that other inmates would send Terry checks from their resident inmate accounts and asked Terry to set up a post office box in North Carolina to receive the checks.
Following Oliver’s instructions, Terry used the fraudulently obtained credit and debit card numbers to make unauthorized deposits totaling $31,252.35 into the accounts of at least 12 different inmates, including $5,579.10 on Oliver’s inmate account. The debit and credit accounts from which the money was taken included the accounts of four identity theft victims. The inmates, including Oliver and two other inmates, authorized a total of $9,325 from their inmate escrow accounts to be sent to Terry at various addresses, including the North Carolina PO Box set up under the direction of of Oliver.
The fraudulent transactions resulted in chargebacks to victim company A of $31,252.35.
Octavia Ikea Terry, 25, of Maxton, North Carolina, has pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Montgomery County Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked the Department of Corrections and Montgomery County Rehabilitation for their assistance. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Baldwin, who prosecuted the case.
For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to report fraud, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md /report-fraud.
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