Beltsville Man Sentenced to over Five Years In Credit Card Scheme

April 17, 2009

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Rhoan Anthony McCalla, age 26, of Beltsville, to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Titus also ordered McCalla to pay restitution of $582,165.

According to his plea agreement, in July 2006 McCalla and Abu Kondeh paid Joy Dean to obtain personal identifying information of patients, including names, social security numbers and dates of birth, from her job as a file clerk at a medical facility. On seven or eight occasions over the next six months, Dean provided McCalla or Kondeh identifying information for 50 to 150 patients in exchange for payment each time of a few hundred dollars. McCalla and Kondeh then provided the information to Dain McCalla.

In addition, from December 2006 to at least December 2007, McCalla went to grocery stores throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and purchased gift cards and other items using fraudulently obtained and unauthorized credit cards. At least one of those credit cards sustained a loss of $28,558. McCalla also fraudulently used the credit cards to make cash withdrawals of $400 to $500 from ATM machines in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

As a result of McCalla’s participation in the scheme, between 10 and 50 victims lost a total of $582,165.

Judge Titus sentenced Dain Claude McCalla, age 28, of Mitchellville, Maryland, who is Rhoan McCalla’s cousin, to 42 months in prison for credit card fraud and ordered him to pay $944,996.50 in restitution, and to forfeit a BMW car, a computer and cell phones. Judge Titus sentenced Troy Duncan, age 28, of Beltsville, Maryland, to 48 months in prison for credit card fraud, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, and ordered Duncan to pay restitution of $393,000, the amount attributable to Duncan for his role in the scheme. Abu Kondeh, age 25, of Baltimore, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

Three other defendants have pleaded guilty to varying roles in the scheme: Dain McCalla’s brother Christopher McCalla, age 25, of Largo, Maryland; Joy Dean, age 23, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Storme Jordan, age 30, of Burtonsville, Maryland.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Secret Service, Baltimore County Police Department, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police Department and Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and his office for their assistance in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Bryan E. Foreman, who prosecuted the case.



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