Leader of Target Department Store Credit Card Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 6.5 Years in Prison
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Frank Her, 39, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to six years and six months in prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud, possession of device-making equipment, and possession of stolen mail, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, Her was the leader of an organization numbering up to 50 people who created fraudulent credit cards, stole others’ mail, and compromised victims’ identities. Her specifically conspired with others to traffic in and use unauthorized Target REDcard account numbers to obtain things of value in excess of $1,000 in a one-year period. Her’s conduct involved at least 500 unauthorized and counterfeit cards, affected hundreds of victims, and led to an estimated actual loss of over $200,000 to those victims.
Her operated a credit card and access device “lab” out of his garage in Sacramento, which included possessing and operating voluminous device-making equipment used to create fake credit, debit, gift, and other banking cards, falsifying government identification documents, and washing checks. In particular, Her would create fraudulent Target REDcards in his garage, give them to co-conspirators, and direct them to use those REDcards to buy merchandise and other items at Target stores in the Sacramento area. Her learned an algorithm revealing how to create working Target REDcard account numbers and encoded those account numbers onto blank cards without authorization from Target or the account holders. To avoid detection, Her often sent co‑conspirators to Target alone or, if he went himself, wore disguising clothing and accessories. Her also personally stole mail and directed others to do so.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew M. Yelovich and André M. Espinosa are prosecuting the case.
Five of Her’s six co-defendants have already been sentenced, with the final co-defendant, Amy Her, scheduled to be sentenced on October 25, 2018.