Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Credit Card Fraud
Las Vegas, Nev. - A man who used the identities of others to establish credit card and shipping services accounts, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $78,881 in restitution for his guilty pleas to Access Device Fraud and Mail Fraud, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
MARC ALLYN KWASEK, age 39, of Henderson, Nevada, was sentenced on Friday, October 22, 2004, by U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt. Using a fictitious name and the name and social security number of another, KWASEK fraudulently established credit card accounts with Household Finance, Macy's Department Store, and American Express. For a period of approximately one year, beginning on October 27, 2001, KWASEK used these accounts to fraudulently obtain goods and services valued over $1,000.
Using stolen identification information, KWASEK also established eight business accounts with United Parcel Service and one business account with Airborne Express. KWASEK then used those accounts to ship merchandise to persons who had purchased it from him over the Internet. KWASEK fraudulently obtained approximately $41,000 in shipping services using this scheme.
This case was investigated by Special Agents of the FBI, and was part of "Operation Web Snare," a collaborative nationwide enforcement operation targeting online fraud and crime. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Margaret M. Stanish.
"Prosecuting instances of identity theft and fraud is an important priority of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada," said U.S. Attorney Bogden. "Since the latest report from the Federal Trade Commission ranks Nevada second in the nation for reported identity theft victims per capita, and sixth in the nation in fraud complaints per capita, with internet fraud listed as the most common type of complaint, law enforcement agencies must continue to pool their efforts and work together to aggressively pursue and deter cyber criminals."
Individuals or companies should report internet-related crime immediately to their local law enforcement agency and may also file online complaints with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at: www.ifccfbi.gov or Federal Trade Commission at: www.ftc.gov.