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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Rhode Island Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft Offenses

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that HENRY A. FELLELA, JR., 63, of Johnston, Rhode Island, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 48 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for credit card fraud and identity theft offenses, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal conviction.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in March 2018, Fellela was released from federal prison following a 48-month sentence imposed in the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island for credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft and other offenses.  Between March 2018 and March 2019, while he was on federal supervised release, Fellela stole credit cards from residents of Connecticut and other states and used the cards to make approximately $48,000 in fraudulent purchases at various retail stores in Connecticut and elsewhere.

On November 5, 2019, Fellela pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

This is Fellela’s fourth federal conviction.

Fellela was detained from March 8, 2019, to March 23, 2020, when he was released on bond.  Judge Meyer ordered him to report to prison on September 20, 2021.

This matter was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Donovan and Sarala Nagala.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
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Updated August 5, 2021