VA Man gets 9 Years for Fraud

Friday, February 2, 2018 @ 02:02 PM gHale

A Virginia man got nine years in prison for his role in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme.

For more than two years, Travon Williams, 33, of Portsmouth, VA, led a gang that purchased thousands of stolen credit and debit card numbers from the dark web, law enforcement officials said.

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Williams had previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, conspiracy to traffic in contraband cigarettes and aggravated identity theft, according to a release from the Department of Justice (DoJ).

The stolen numbers were then encoded onto fraudulent cards and used to purchase merchandise such as gift cards and cigarette cartons. The cigarettes were sold to buyers from New York City, who drove down to Northern Virginia to transport the cigarettes.

Williams is one of 12 defendants arrested in August. He obtained $415,000 in proceeds from his crimes.

All 12 defendants have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme.

Williams, who was sentenced last Friday in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, is the sixth person adjudicated in the case. The remaining six are due to be sentenced this month or next.

On Jan. 25, DoJ said that Jonathan Powell received a six month sentence, two years supervised release and a restitution payment of $278,855 for computer fraud. He had obtained access to more than 1,000 email accounts from a New York City university in order to download sexually explicit photos and videos.

Powell had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge on August 9, 2017 in Manhattan federal court.



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