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New York Man Pleads Guilty To Over $300,000 In Credit Card Fraud

September 18, 2013

Orlando, Florida - Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Werawat Isaraphanich (38, Bronx, New York) today pleaded guilty to access device fraud. Isaraphanich faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. As part of his plea agreement, Isaraphanich has agreed to forfeit more than$176,000 that is being held in two accounts. These funds will be returned to the victims as partial payment toward their losses.

According to court documents, Isaraphanich used stolen credit card numbers to purchase tickets from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, StubHub, and Ticket Master. He then sold the tickets at a discount. To purchase the tickets, Isaraphanich used software that generated a fictitious caller ID, which allowed him to mask the telephone number that he was using when he called to purchase the tickets and other items. Between April 2010 and June 2013, Isaraphanich made approximately 1,800 calls using fictitious caller IDs, and used more than 100 stolen credit card numbers to make fraudulent purchases. As part of his scheme, Isaraphanich attempted over $1.1 million in fraudulent credit card transactions, with victims suffering more than $323,000 in actual losses.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.








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