Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty In Credit Card Scam
CONCORD, N.H. – Mark Pate, 46, of Dorchester, Massachusetts pled guilty in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to credit card fraud and identity theft, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
Pate stole the identities of approximately twenty-five identity theft victims between May 15, 2010, and November 27, 2010. He obtained identification cards, each with his own photograph but the name, address and date of birth of one of each of the twenty-five victims and used the identification cards to fraudulently obtain credit cards and lines of credit in the victims’ names. He then used the credit to purchase goods at retailers in New Hampshire and elsewhere for which he never paid. The total loss amount associated with Pate’s criminal conduct is between $10,000 and $30,000. Pate has been ordered to remain detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for January 19, 2012.
Pate’s federal prosecution arose from an investigation undertaken jointly by the Manchester (N.H.) office of the U.S. Secret Service, the Portsmouth (N.H.) Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous local police departments in New Hampshire and elsewhere in New England. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse.