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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sacramento Man Sentenced To Over Three Years In Prison For Nationwide Debit Card Fraud Scheme Targeting Apple Stores

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marcus Israel Butler, 33, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay over $353,000 in restitution for fraud involving a debit card, United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Butler traveled from Sacramento to cities throughout California and the rest of the United States, including the East Coast, Midwest, and Alaska, using a revoked debit card to purchase products from Apple stores. Butler told store associates that there was a problem with his debit card and invited the associates to call his bank. In fact, it was Butler’s conspirator with whom the associates spoke. The conspirator gave the sales associates a false code that allowed the transactions to be completed on Butler’s revoked debit card. Butler was arrested in Colorado after attempting further fraudulent purchases at Apple stores.

Butler also used the revoked debit card to purchase other goods and services. All totaled, the loss caused by Butler’s fraud scheme was approximately $353,000.  

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Todd A. Pickles prosecuted the case.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marcus Israel Butler, 33, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay over $353,000 in restitution for fraud involving a debit card, United States Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Butler traveled from Sacramento to cities throughout California and the rest of the United States, including the East Coast, Midwest, and Alaska, using a revoked debit card to purchase products from Apple stores. Butler told store associates that there was a problem with his debit card and invited the associates to call his bank. In fact, it was Butler’s conspirator with whom the associates spoke. The conspirator gave the sales associates a false code that allowed the transactions to be completed on Butler’s revoked debit card. Butler was arrested in Colorado after attempting further fraudulent purchases at Apple stores.

Butler also used the revoked debit card to purchase other goods and services. All totaled, the loss caused by Butler’s fraud scheme was approximately $353,000.  

This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Todd A. Pickles prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 
2:17-cr-158 JAM
Updated July 17, 2018