Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan has announced that eight people have been indicted for their roles in a scheme using stolen and fraudulent credit card accounts to purchase at least $ 750,000 of various items, including retail goods, large building and construction materials, appliances and equipment.
Diontae WALLACE, 35, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, is charged in an indictment with 22 counts of committing access device fraud, access device fraud and theft of aggravated identity; Adrienne CAMPBELL, 53, of Cleveland, Ohio; JOVANNA BROWN, 33, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio; Marcellus SMITH, 27, of Cleveland, Ohio; James LUKE, 43, of Cleveland, Ohio; Glenn KING, 27, of Cleveland, Ohio; Shirley LADSON, 37, of Shaker Heights, Ohio and JOSEPH BROWN, 62, of Campbell, Ohio.
According to the allegations, from about December 2016 and until about April 2020, WALLACE recruited a number of co-conspirators, including CAMPBELL, JOVANNA BROWN, SMITH, LUKE, KING, LADSON and JOSEPH BROWN to participate in the fraud by credit card. scheme.
It is alleged that WALLACE would purchase personally identifiable information from the Dark Web and use it to open fraudulent credit card accounts. WALLACE would then create fictitious ID cards bearing the stolen personal identification information and a photograph of a co-conspirator. The indictment states that WALLACE provided the fraudulent identity cards and credit cards to his co-conspirators for use at his request.
According to the indictment, WALLACE, CAMPBELL, JOVANNA BROWN, SMITH, LUKE, KING, LADSON and JOSEPH BROWN allegedly use fraudulent credit card accounts and identity cards to purchase various items, including retail products. , building and construction materials, appliances and equipment from various stores and vendors in Northeast Ohio and elsewhere. As part of the alleged scheme, WALLACE would then sell the purchased items to others and use the proceeds for his own benefit and to pay his co-conspirators.
Further, it is alleged that WALLACE, the named co-conspirators and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, used the fraudulent credit card accounts to purchase goods such as clothing, housewares and household items. craft supplies, which they kept for personal benefit.
In total, it is alleged that WALLACE, CAMPBELL, JOVANNA BROWN, SMITH, LUKE, KING, LADSON and JOSEPH BROWN made at least $ 750,000 in purchases throughout the program.
An indictment is only an accusation and does not constitute proof of guilt. A defendant has the right to a fair trial in which the onus will be on the government to prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In the event of a conviction, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after considering the factors specific to that case, including the defendant’s criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.
In any case, the penalty will not exceed the legal maximum, and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
This investigation was conducted by the Cleveland FBI. This case is being pursued by American assistant lawyers Andrea Isabella and Brad J. Beeson.