Defendants Plead Guilty in Largest U.S. Identity Theft Case Ever

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A husband and wife from New York have pled guilty to charges involving identity theft and enterprise corruption in an operation that stole approximately $13 million dollars from July through September 2011. The identity theft scheme was executed by a group of 111 people and included informants from Russia and China, according to The Huffington Post.

The 33-year-old husband was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his crimes while his wife, who pled guilty to petty larceny, was dismissed with a conditional discharge sentence. Besides the man, there were three bosses running the criminal enterprise, which collected personal information via schemes in foreign countries as well as the United States through skimming devices. These identity theft traps would obtain information from victims’ credit cards at retail and food chains to be used for illegal purposes. Additionally, information was gathered from illegal websites focused on gathering victims’ identification.

Using the information, the organization would send out people across the U.S. to go on shopping sprees with counterfeit cards and identification. The wrong doing included staying at five-star hotels, renting luxurious vehicles, and the use of a private jet.

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Posted Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015