Two More Defendants from Georgia Plead Guilty in Credit Card Fraud Scheme
BOISE – Rashine Kale, 38, and Jean Estinville, 26, both of Lawrenceville, Georgia, each pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft for their roles in a credit card fraud scheme that targeted local retailers in October of 2014, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreements, Kale and Estinville each admitted to traveling to the District of Idaho, along with their co-defendants, for the purpose of making fraudulent purchases of gift cards and prepaid debit cards from retail stores, using stolen credit card numbers encoded onto stock debit cards. Both Kale and Estinville admitted to obtaining the stock debit cards encoded with unauthorized credit card numbers, and making purchases at retail stores on October 5, 2014.
In his plea agreement, Kale admitted to traveling to seven separate retail stores, and making 21 total purchases, using eight different credit card numbers that he was not authorized to use. Upon his arrest, officers found 188 access devices in his rental vehicle, consisting of various gift cards and pre-paid debit cards, and three gift cards in his possession. Sentencing is set for July 22, 2015, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill.
In his plea agreement, Estinville admitted to traveling to three separate retail stores, and making 14 total purchases, using six different credit card numbers that he was not authorized to use. Upon his arrest, officers found 55 access devices in his rental vehicle, consisting of various gift cards and pre-paid debit cards, as well as a Citizen EcoDrive watch in his possession that was purchased with an unauthorized credit card number. Sentencing is set for August 4, 2015, before Judge Winmill.
Conspiracy to commit wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a term of supervised release of not more than three years, and a $100 special assessment. Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of two years, a term of supervised release of not more than one year, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a special assessment of $100. As part of their pleas, the defendants also agreed to forfeit $49,953.41 in cash proceeds of the charged offenses.
Kale and Estinville were indicted, along with Rakeen Anderson, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, Kyandre Banks, 34, of Lilburn, Georgia, Clarence Collins, 34, of Douglasville, Georgia, Mikki Williams, 24, of Atlanta, Georgia, Charles Moore, 25, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Jonathan Penn, 20, of Suwanee, Georgia, Terrance Barimah, 26, of Floranceville, Georgia, and Brian Treadwell, 25, of Buford, Georgia, on charges relating to a wire fraud and identity theft scheme. Collins, Banks, Estinville, Kale, Moore, Penn, Williams and Treadwell were each charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Anderson was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. Barimah was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and illegal possession of device-making equipment.
Co-Defendant Rakeen Anderson is scheduled for a change of plea hearing before Chief U.S. Magistrate Candy W. Dale on May 26, 2015. Co-defendants Treadwell and Williams are scheduled for sentencing on June 16, 2015. Co-defendant Clarence Collins is scheduled for sentencing on June 17, 2015. Co-defendant Charles Moore is scheduled for sentencing on July 7, 2015. Co-defendants Jonathan Penn and Terrance Barimah are scheduled for sentencing on July 8, 2015. The defendants will be sentenced before Judge Winmill. Co-defendant Kyandre Banks remains a fugitive.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Boise Police Department.