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Press Release

Portsmouth Fraudster Sentenced for Absconding and Fraud Offenses

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to over 10 years in prison for charges of conspiracy, fraud, identity theft, and failure to appear. 

According to court documents, Troy McFarland, 27, conspired with another man to repeatedly commit credit card fraud at the expense of more than a dozen identity theft victims and multiple financial institutions. McFarland and his co-conspirator used credit and debit cards re-encoded with stolen financial information to purchase goods and services from local retailers, including a luxury car rental, a hotel stay, dining expenses, motorcycle equipment, furniture, prepaid gift cards, and a $14,310 Rolex watch.

After McFarland was arrested on July 31, 2020, he was released to a third-party custodian in Portsmouth and required to submit to location monitoring. On October 24, 2020, he removed his location-monitoring device and absconded. On March 4, he was located and arrested again. While McFarland’s whereabouts were unknown, he released multiple music videos about his lack of remorse for his crimes and boasted about having removed his location-monitoring device. At the time of his arrest, he was found in possession of more debit and credit cards associated with suspected fraud.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Brian Dugan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; Daniel A. Adame, Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Steve R. Drew, Chief of Newport News Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.

The United States Marshals Service provided significant assistance in this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Mack Coleman and former Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard J. Zlotnick prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:20-cr-44.

Updated December 16, 2021

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft