New York law enforcement is known to be aggressive in cracking down on credit card fraud, which is charged as a felony. A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty to several fraud charges in connection with a credit card scheme that involved purchases at a home improvement store.
Telwin Vincent of the Bronx was charged with a single count each of conspiracy to use unauthorized access devices and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He pleaded guilty to the charges via videoconference.
Vincent and others involved in the scheme used stolen credit card information to make online purchases at a home improvement store from November 2017 to May 2019. They arranged in-person pickups of the orders at stores across New York and New Jersey.
Vincent’s co-conspirators were allegedly instructed to use dozens of stolen or fake identities. They were then told to return the items at different store branches or sell them to third parties at a discount for cash.
Credit card fraud can mean harsh penalties, including a lengthy prison sentence and fines. Bank fraud conspiracy is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, while the penalty for conspiracy to use unauthorized access devices is a 10-year maximum prison sentence. The charges carry respective fines of $1 million and $250,000 or double the gross gain to the offender or loss to victims, depending on which amount is higher.
Many different offenses may be considered credit card fraud, such as stealing a card or using stolen card information to make unauthorized purchases. Anyone accused of credit card fraud in New York requires skilled legal representation.
The New York criminal defense lawyers at Brill Legal Group will thoroughly investigate the evidence the prosecution has gathered against you. We will do everything we can to help you avoid harsh penalties, even taking your case to trial if necessary. Whatever the circumstances may be, you can count on our legal team to protect your rights. Contact us today to learn more.