U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RYAN CLAVERIE, age 37, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to conspiracy to commit access device fraud.
According to court documents, 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.
CLAVERIE and his co-conspirators used the captured electronic account information contained on the magnetic strips of these valid cards in order to manufacture and produce counterfeit credit cards with which to fraudulently obtain things of value for their own personal gain at several retail stores and establishments in the metropolitan New Orleans area.
CLAVERIE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for May 4, 2017.
U.S Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Loan "Mimi" Nguyen is in charge of the prosecution.