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Kenner Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JOHN PAUL PIERRE, age 29, of Kenner, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud.


U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon sentenced PIERRE to 9 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. PIERRE was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount ofU $7,460.06.


According to court documents, PIERRE’s co-conspirator, RYAN CLAVERIE, worked as a waiter in a restaurant in Metairie. During the course of his employment, CLAVERIE routinely handled the credit and debit cards of restaurant patrons. CLAVERIE had a credit card “skimmer” that extracted customer account information from the magnetic strip on the back of a credit card and a bank debit card and logged it for later download to a computer.


PIERRE and his co-conspirators then used the captured electronic account information contained on the magnetic strips of these valid cards in order to manufacture and produce counterfeit credit cards. The counterfeit credit cards where used to fraudulently obtain things of value for their own personal gain at several retail stores and establishments in the metropolitan New Orleans area.


CLAVERIE pled guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing on May 4, 2017.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Secret Service, New Orleans Field Office, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the New Orleans Police Department, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Kenner Police Department for investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Loan AMimi@ Nguyen was in charge of the prosecution.


Updated March 30, 2017

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