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Former Philadelphia Police Officer Convicted Of Running Counterfeit Credit Card Operation

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

PHILADELPHIA – A federal jury, today, returned guilty verdicts on all counts against Rahim Henderson, 38, of Philadelphia, PA, in connection with a counterfeit credit card manufacturing operation.  Henderson, a former Philadelphia Police Officer, was convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud, access device fraud, and multiple counts of aggravated identity theft. 


Between April 2014 and October 2014, Rahim Henderson used a credit card encoding machine – a machine used to encode a victim’s stolen credit card account information onto a different credit card’s magnetic stripe – so that, when swiped during a merchant transaction, the victim’s credit card account would be charged.  Henderson manufactured the credit cards, and he and his co-conspirators used the cards to make fraudulent purchases at commercial establishments in and around the Philadelphia region.  In addition to possessing a credit card encoding machine, the defendant also possessed and stored a credit card embossing machine, a credit card printing machine, computer equipment, hundreds of blank plastic credit cards, various re-encoded credit cards and gift cards, and over $67,000 in US currency in the home that he shared with his wife and co-defendant Tian Larode.  The defendant obtained the stolen victim credit card account information via the internet, using his Yahoo! email account to purchase and obtain the stolen credit card account information from unidentified sellers.


U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 10, 2016.  Henderson faces a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison with a maximum statutory sentence of 74 years in prison, a possible fine, a $1,200 special assessment, and three years of supervised release.  Henderson’s co-conspirators, his wife Tian Larode and his sister Waliyda Henderson, pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.  


The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Philadelphia Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James A. Petkun.

Updated December 10, 2015

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