Leader of Million Dollar Credit Card Scheme Sentenced To over 6 Years in Prison
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Stanley Pope, age 41, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 81 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from a scheme in which he and his conspirators fraudulently obtained over $1.15 million in credit and goods and services, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Motz also ordered that Pope pay restitution of $260,474.69.
According to his guilty plea, Stanley Pope, Michael Paul, and others fraudulently obtained the names, social security numbers and credit worthiness of individuals without their knowledge, by exploiting a weakness in the security system of a national cellular telephone service provider. Pope, Paul and others used the stolen identity information to open credit accounts at a major retailer. From March 2004 to January 2006, Stanley Pope, Michael Paul, Leland Glaze, Jennifer Carol Garnsey and others used the fraudulent credit card accounts to obtain cash and purchase goods and services. Glaze allowed co-conspirators to use his computer at his residence to order merchandise online using the fraudulent credit cards and the victim identities and assisted in these transactions. Garnsey allowed Pope, Paul and others to use her home to receive the fraudulent credit cards, order merchandise online using the fraudulent credit cards and receive the fraudulently purchased merchandise. Between January 28 and April 8, 2005, Garnsey added herself to credit accounts belonging to one of the victims of the scheme, and paid utilities and other expenses using the credit accounts.
As a result of the scheme, Pope and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained extensions of credit in excess of $1,115,000, and obtained goods and services valued at over $260,000.
Michael Wayne Paul, age 22, of Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland; and Jennifer Carol Garnsey, age 37, of Glen Burnie, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft and were sentenced to 61 months and 65 months in prison, respectively. Leland Glaze, age 33, of Glen Burnie pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced to 65 months in prison. Co-defendant Tymetria Queen, age 25, of Glen Burnie, pleaded guilty to her participation in the scheme and is awaiting sentencing.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Maryland State Police and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.