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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 25, 2013

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 5 1/2 Years In Prison For Credit Card Fraud

Orlando, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell today sentenced Laquan Bell (23, Reading, Pennsylvania) to five and a half years in federal prison for credit card fraud. Bell pleaded guilty on July 22, 2013.

According to court documents, earlier this year, Bell led other co-conspirators in the theft of credit card numbers and means of identification of more than 400 persons, in central Florida.  Specifically, Bell travelled to Florida from his home in the Northeast and recruited retail workers to use skimming devices to swipe customers’ credit cards, thus stealing the customers’ credit card numbers and other information contained on the cards. Bell paid his co-conspirators in exchanged for skimming the cards, and then used the stolen credit card numbers and information to make approximately $211,000.00 in fraudulent purchases.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Irick.

Updated January 26, 2015