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U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips announced a series of indictments in a nationwide,
multi-million dollar fraud scheme on July 9, 2010.

Thirty-eight defendants indicted in multi-million dollar fraud;
Local investigation exposes nationwide network that used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY - Thirty-eight defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. “What began as a local law enforcement investigation ultimately exposed an extensive nationwide black market for airline tickets,” U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said. “Six federal indictments allege that 38 defendants used stolen credit and debit card information from thousands of identity theft victims to purchase tickets, which they sold to their customers at a steep discount,” Phillips added. “These separate criminal conspiracies resulted in an estimated total loss of more than $20 million to numerous domestic airline companies, financial institutions, other merchants and cardholders.”
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List of indictments & defendants
Beecham, et al Indictment
Burks, et al Indictment
Clay Indictment
Harrison, et al Indictment
Palmer, et al Indictment
Pryor, et al Indictment

 

Sept. 24, 2010

Three men plead guilty to multi-million-dollar fraud
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets
KANSAS CITY - Three defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Sean Fleming, also known as”David Bravo” or “Pucci,” 29, of Hialeah, Fla., and Kareem Nelson, 31, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy in separate appearances today before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan. Alexander Lewis, also known as “Mike Gotti,” 25, of McDonough, Ga., pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, to the same conspiracy charge contained in a May 5, 2010, federal indictment.
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Oct. 13, 2010

Two men plead guilty to multi-million dollar fraud;
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY - Two defendants pleaded guilty, in separate but related cases, to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Ricardo Clay, 30, and Romeyo Calavarey, also known as “Malawtic Surreal,” 25, both of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty in separate appearances before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr.
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Oct. 14, 2010

New York man pleads guilty to multi-million dollar fraud;
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY - A New York, N.Y., man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Termain Brice, 31, of New York, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
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july 7, 2011

Three more defendants plead guilty to multi-million dollar fraud;
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that three more defendants pleaded guilty in federal court today to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers.

Waiki Pryor, 30, of Richmond, Calif., Norman Johnson, 36, of Inglewood, Calif., and Edwon Simmons, 34, of Chicago, Ill., pleaded guilty in separate appearances before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. In addition to the conspiracy, Pryor and Simmons pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. Simmons also pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal law enforcement agents by instructing one of his customers to lie to the agents in an effort to conceal the conspiracy.
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july 8, 2011

Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, Credit Cards to Purchase Airline Tickets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Brooklyn, New York, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Steven James Palmer, also known as “Haze,” 30, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. In addition to the conspiracy, Palmer pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.
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july 12, 2011

KC, Peculiar Woman Indicted on Additional Charges
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sabrina Bowers, 30, of Kansas City, Mo., and Deidre Turner, 28, of Peculiar, Mo., were charged in a superseding indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on July 12, 2011.
Grand Jury Indictment

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august 5, 2011

Two Illinois Men Plead Guilty to Multi-Million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, CreditCards to Purchase Airline Tickets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Illinois men pleaded guilty in federal court today to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Marcus Grisby, 35, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Tyrone Ross, 33, of Chicago, Ill., each pleaded guilty in separate appearances before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. In addition to the conspiracy, Grisby and Ross each pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. Ross also pleaded guilty to credit card fraud.
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august 10, 2011

Jury Convicts California Woman of Multi-Million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, CreditCards to Purchase Airline Tickets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A North Hollywood, Calif., woman was convicted by a federal jury today of her role as a customer in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Monique Calhoun, 24, of North Hollywood, was found guilty of conspiracy and of making false statements to a federal agent.
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august 22, 2011

Terrence L. Clemens (Los Angeles, CA) Sentenced to Time Served (appr. 9 Months), $1,000 Fine

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september 30, 2011

Florida Man Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, CreditCards to Purchase Airline Tickets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Hialeah, Fla., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Sean Fleming, also known as “Pucci,” 30, of Hialeah, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to 22 months in federal prison without parole.
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March 19, 2012

Four Illinois Men Sentenced in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, Credit Cards to Purchase Airline Tickets

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March 30, 2012

Former KC Woman Sentenced in Multi-million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, Credit Cards to Purchase Airline Tickets

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May 4, 2012

California Man Sentenced for Multi-million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, Credit Cards to Purchase Airline Tickets

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May 30, 2012

Chicago, Los Angeles Men Sentenced in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, Credit Cards to Purchase Airline Tickets

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September 7, 2012

Brooklyn Man Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud;
Conspirators Used Stolen Identities, Credit Cards to Purchase Airline Tickets

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