Federal Judge Sentences Brandon Man in Identity Theft Case
He pleaded guilty to stealing account information and using that to get credit cards sent to him, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
TAMPA – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Junior Jean-Noel, 21, of Brandon, to five years and one month in federal prison for credit card fraud and identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.
The court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $292,291.05, which constitute the proceeds of the fraud.
He pleaded guilty Feb. 23.
According to court documents, between March 2017 and October 2017, Jean-Noel, a.k.a. Jay Mulla, alone and with others, obtained stolen Capital One credit card account information. Jean-Noel then called Capital One, posing as the true account holders, and requested that replacement credit cards be sent to addresses under his control. Once he received the replacement cards, he and others acting at his direction used them to purchase gift cards and merchandise.
In total, Jean-Noel engaged in the takeover and unauthorized use of 13 different Capital One credit card accounts, all without the knowledge or permission of the account holders, many of whom were elderly.
As part of the account takeover and as an attempt to defeat the bank’s fraud detection efforts, Jean-Noel called Capital One from “spoofed” telephone numbers that made it appear as if the true account holders were calling, the U.S. Attorney said.
He also made fabricated payments to the accounts in order to increase the credit limits and his access to the funds. Jean-Noel and others working at his direction made purchases with these unauthorized credit cards totaling $292,291.05. They attempted an additional $52,307.58 worth of transactions that were declined.
This case was investigated by U.S. Secret Service.
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