Three Sentenced in Gift Card Scheme
Mark Mobley Stole Gift Cards, Gave Them To Friends
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA -- A former route driver for a shredding company, and two other associates, were sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg on fraud charges.
Mark Allen Mobley, 33, of Concord, Va., Sean Patrick Mixon, 40, of Lynchburg, Va., and Spencer Glenn Payne, 23, of Gladys, Va., all previously pled guilty to one count of credit card fraud for the unauthorized use of gift cards.
According to evidence presented by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Bubar, while working on his shred route, Mobley would steal discarded but still active gift cards from the shred bins he was hired to empty at an area mail fulfillment company. He then either used these cards for his personal use or gave them to Mixon and Payne, who both accepted the gift cards knowing they were stolen.
In all, Mobley was responsible for intended financial losses in excess of $120,000. Payne caused financial losses of at least $40,000 and Mixon caused financial losses of at least $29,000. Today in District Court, Mobley was sentenced to 21 months incarceration, Payne was sentenced to six months incarceration and Mixon was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Bubar prosecuted the case for the United States.