FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - September 8, 2010
NEW YORKER SENTENCED FOR CHARGES STEMMING FROM
COUNTERFEIT CREDIT CARD USAGE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced RENATO JAY SCANTLEBURY, 41, of Brooklyn, New York, to 54 months’ imprisonment followed by three years’ supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $62,216.02.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on January 6, 2010. On March 12, 2010, SCANTLEBURY pled guilty to access device fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(5) and aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028(a)(1).
On July 9, 2009, SCANTLEBURY entered the Crabtree Valley Macy’s and made a purchase of $823.14 in merchandise. Macy’s then received a call from a credit union which advised that the transaction was made fraudulently on a customer account. Officers with Crabtree Valley Police located the subject walking toward his van, which had New York tags, in the parking lot.
When officers approached SCANTLEBURY in his van door it appeared he was stuffing merchandise under the driver’s seat. Officers then asked SCANTLEBURY for identification. He produced a New York State driver’s license in the name of RENATO SCANTLEBURY. SCANTLEBURY was then arrested and searched. On SCANTLEBURY’s person police found two credit cards bearing a different name. A third card was later discovered on SCANTLEBURY’s person during an intake search at the jail.
Crabtree Police obtained a search warrant for SCANTLEBURY’s van. Inside, police found 8 Home Depot gift cards, 4 Wal-Mart gift cards, numerous cell phones, a home theater system, a computer, and two televisions. All appeared to have been purchased at BJ’s and at Macy’s.
After being released on bond, agents with the United States Secret Service watched SCANTLEBURY as he passed numerous counterfeit credit cards at various merchants in Raleigh, Greenville, and Wilson. Shortly thereafter, SCANTLEBURY fled the state and he was later arrested on the federal warrant in New York and returned here for prosecution.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Crabtree Valley Police. This case is being handled by the Office’s Economic Crimes Section, with Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore assigned as prosecutor.
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