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Conspirator in Credit Card Scheme Sentenced To over 7 Years in Prison


Scheme had Over 250 Victims and Losses of almost $1 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2009

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Storme Jordan, age 30, of Burtonsville, Maryland, today to 87 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Titus also ordered Jordan to pay restitution of $978,977.

According to his guilty plea, from September 2005 to at least May 2007, Jordan, codefendants Dain McCalla and Troy Duncan and others, fraudulently added unauthorized users to existing credit card accounts of other people, causing new credit cards to be issued in the recently added user name. These fraudulently obtained credit cards were then used to purchase gift cards and other items, and obtain cash advances.

As part of the scheme, Jordan obtained identifying information of victims, including names, dates of birth, social security numbers. Jordan, Duncan, McCalla and others, would obtain a copy of the victim’s credit report from the internet and then call a credit card issuer identified on the victim’s credit report. Using the identifying information of the individual victims Jordan and others would then request that another name be added to the existing credit card account. On some occasions, Jordan also requested that the line of credit be increased for the existing account and on others, requested that a PIN number be assigned to the newly issued card so that cash advance transactions could be accomplished. Jordan requested that the issuing credit card company send the new credit card by overnight courier to an address where he would retrieve the credit card after it was delivered. Once the card was received Jordan and his co-conspirators would purchases items at various stores, obtain cash advances through ATM transactions and purchase gift cards.

For example, on March 5, 2007, Jordan fraudulently obtained a VISA card that was delivered by overnight courier to an address in Bethesda, Maryland. On that same day he used the fraudulently obtained VISA credit card in the name of the victim to purchase in excess of $3,000 in gift cards. To complete those transactions, Jordan presented to the store cashier a District of Columbia driver’s license bearing Jordan’s photograph but in the name of the victim.

Previously sentenced co-conspirators include: Dain Claude McCalla, age 28, of Mitchellville, Maryland, sentenced to 42 months in prison for credit card fraud and ordered to pay $944,996.50 in restitution, and to forfeit a BMW car, a computer and cell phone; Troy Duncan, age 28, of Beltsville, Maryland, sentenced to 48 months in prison for credit card fraud, conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, and ordered to pay restitution of $393,000, the amount attributable to Duncan for his role in the scheme; Abu Kondeh, age 25, of Baltimore, sentenced to 30 months in prison and Rhoan Anthony McCalla, age 26, of Beltsville, sentenced to 63 months in prison, both for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud.

Two other defendants have pleaded guilty to varying roles in the scheme: Dain McCalla’s brother Christopher McCalla, age 25, of Largo, Maryland and Joy Dean, age 23, of Upper Marlboro, 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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