Biscayne Park Man Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft And Debit Card Fraud
Jacksonville, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Kency Aime (29, Biscayne Park) has pleaded guilty to one count of access device (debit card) fraud and nine counts of identity theft. He faces a maximum penalty of 55 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
According to court documents, on May 7, 2014, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper observed a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit on I-75 in Hamilton County, Florida. The trooper conducted a traffic stop and identified Aime as the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle. During the stop, the trooper smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and Aime admitted that he had been smoking marijuana.
During a search of the vehicle, troopers located 34 Mastercard and Visa debit cards, along with 296 sets of Personal Identifying Information (PII). Also found were two computers and cell phones. After obtaining federal search warrants, law enforcement located an additional 103 sets of PII on the computers and cell phones. Further investigation revealed that the Mastercard and Visa debit cards were applied for using stolen PII or obtained fraudulently and associated with fraudulent tax activity.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service North Florida High Tech Crime Task Force, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.