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Washington, D.C., Man Pleads Guilty to Using Stolen Credit Card Numbers to Obtain More Than $120,000

August 23, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Darryl Garte Wise, 47, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty today to using stolen credit card numbers to obtain more than $120,000 over a 14-month period. 

Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and David Beach, Special Agent in Charge for the United States Secret Service’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the guilty plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. 

Wise pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of credit card fraud.  Wise faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count when he is sentenced on Nov. 30, 2012. 

According to the statement of facts filed with Wise’s plea agreement, Wise obtained credit card numbers from a hotel in Washington, D.C., and used those credit card numbers to place telephone orders with high-end retailers.  Wise had the merchandise shipped to various addresses in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia, using at least 29 aliases.  Wise would generally exchange the merchandise at a retail location in the D.C.-metro area and would buy an additional small item using his own debit card.  Wise would then return all of the merchandise at another retail location for a full credit to his personal debit card.  Between Sept. 22, 2010, and Nov. 18, 2011, Wise obtained more than $120,000 through this scheme.  Wise used credit card numbers belonging to more than 150 individual cardholders, including corporate CEOs, at least three federal judges, and at least one European judge.

This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsay A. Kelly.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on


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