Previously Convicted Fraudster Pleads Guilty to Second Credit Card Scam
Conspirators Stole Credit Cards from Cars to Purchase Up to $200,000 in Merchandise
Greenbelt, Maryland - David Garth Thompson II, age 29, of Germantown, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme in which credit cards were stolen from cars parked in public places, including locations in Bethesda, Boyds and Germantown, Maryland, and used to buy merchandise at retail stores in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Thompson also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Irvine of the United States Secret Service – Washington Field Office; and Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department.
According to Thompson’s plea agreement, from September 2007 to October 2009 and while on supervised release following incarceration for committing previous bank fraud and other related offenses, Thompson and others stole credit cards from cars parked in public places and used the stolen cards to buy electronics and other merchandise at retail stores. To make their detection by law enforcement more difficult, Thompson and his conspirators rented cars in their names and the names of others which they drove in the course of the fraud scheme. Thompson and others would keep what they had purchased using the stolen credit cards, or sell the merchandise for personal profit.
Thompson was arrested on October 8, 2009. After his arrest, Thompson stated the he was involved in this criminal activity day after day, and week after week, causing a loss from the unauthorized purchases of between $120,000 and $200,000 to more than 10 financial institutions.
Thompson’s home was searched on November 17, 2009 and a revolver was seized. Thompson was previously convicted in October 2004 in federal court in the District of Columbia for bank fraud and other related offenses and was under the supervision of U.S. Parole and Probation for those crimes while he engaged in this fraud scheme. His previous conviction prohibited him from possessing the gun found at his home.
Thompson faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud; a mandatory minimum of two years in prison consecutive to any other sentence for aggravated identity theft ;and 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a gun . U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2010 at 3:30 p.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Sandra Wilkinson and Mara B. Zusman, who are prosecuting the case.