Conspirator Pleads Guilty in Credit Card Scheme
Admits to Loss of $582,165;
Fraudulently Obtained Identifying Information of Hundreds of Patients of the
Institute for Asthma and Allergy
Greenbelt, Maryland - Rhoan McCalla, age 25, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit access device fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain access to credit card accounts of others and purchase merchandise, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, on seven or eight occasions from August 2006 to January 2007, McCalla met with an employee of the Institute for Asthma and Allergy, located in Bethesda, Maryland, who gave McCalla a list containing names, social security numbers, dates of birth and home addresses of patients at the Institute. Either at the meeting or a few days later, McCalla provided the employee with a few hundred dollars, or an American Express gift card, which McCalla received from a coschemer, in exchange for the list of patient identifying information. Each time they met, the employee provided a list that contained the identifying information of 50 to 150 patients. McCalla, in turn, provided the information to the coschemer who used the information to obtain unauthorized credit cards issued either in the name of the victim, or another name added as an authorized user by the coschemer and others.
Using unauthorized credit cards fraudulently obtained under this scheme, McCalla purchased gift cards and other items at grocery stores in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and another store in Laurel, Maryland from December 2006 to at least December 2007. The use of at least one of those credit cards resulted in a loss totaling $28,558. He also made cash withdrawals of $400 to $500 from numerous ATM machines in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. McCalla gave the bulk of the merchandise and money to the coschemer and was allowed to keep a small portion.
On December 22, 2007, McCalla went on a shopping spree to New York City with other coconspirators. McCalle purchased clothes from Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Macy’s stores using an unauthorized credit card of another.
During McCalla’s involvement in the scheme, there were between 10 and 50 victims, and the loss incurred was $582,165.
McCalla faces a maximum sentence of 7.5 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus has scheduled sentencing for January 26, 2009.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Secret Service for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Bryan E. Foreman, who is prosecuting the case.