Three-year long credit card scheme spans eight states

A New York man will spend the next five years in prison for a credit card fraud scheme, which covered 8 eight states including Delaware and Maryland.

A U.S. district judge convicted 33 year-old, Odere Suleitopa of Brooklyn, on 18 counts of wire fraud, and five counts of aggravated identity theft for a three year long credit card fraud scheme.

Evidence presented at trial revealed that Suleitopa had credit cards made with his name embossed on them but with stolen account numbers. 

Authorities say Suleitopa used the fraudulent cards to buy gift cards and merchandise.

Locally he completed 26 transactions, eight in Delaware and 18 in Easton and Denton, Maryland.

That was in November 2016. 

Transactions were also made in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Georgia.

The total purchases were over $190,000. 

We're told multiple agencies assisted with this investigation including I.C.E., homeland security as well as Easton Police Department and the Talbot County State's Attorney's office.  

Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, delivered the sentence announcement today.

Rosenstein is currently being considered for the position of Deputy U.S. Attorney General.


President Trump nominated him for the appointment.

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