Former U.S. Navy Sailor Sentenced to Prison for Credit Card Fraud and Identity Theft
FRESNO, Calif. — Jarrod M. Langford, 27, of Orlando, Florida, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd to three years and six months in prison for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Langford, while serving with the United States Navy in Lemoore, California, conspired with others to fraudulently acquire and use credit card account numbers to purchase and resell over the internet voucher codes redeemable for consumer items such as wristwatches, jewelry, computer software applications, and electronic devices. Langford used various methods to fraudulently acquire other peoples’ credit card information, including purchasing the information on the internet. In September 2012, Langford fraudulently possessed more than 2,500 records of credit card account numbers and the associated account holders’ personal identifying information, such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
To hide his actual location and conceal his involvement in these fraudulent activities, Langford installed an application on his computers that established a virtual private network (VPN) that allowed him to conduct anonymous encrypted internet sessions and gave the appearance that he was located outside of California. In his plea agreement, Langford admitted to fraudulently purchasing approximately $340,000 of consumer products and unauthorized voucher codes redeemable for such items.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Baker prosecuted the case.