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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Brandon Man Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Prison For Credit Card Takeover And Identity Theft Scheme

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Junior Jean-Noel (21, Brandon) to five years and one month in federal prison for credit card fraud and identity theft. The court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $292,291.05, which constitute the proceeds of the fraud.

He pleaded guilty on February 23, 2018.

According to court documents, between March and October 2017, Jean-Noel, a.k.a. Jay Mulla, alone and with others, obtained stolen Capital One credit card account information. Jean-Noel then called Capital One, posing as the true account holders, and requested that replacement credit cards be sent to addresses under his control. Once he received the replacement cards, he and others acting at his direction used them to purchase gift cards and merchandise. In total, Jean-Noel engaged in the takeover and unauthorized use of 13 different Capital One credit card accounts, all without the knowledge or permission of the account holders’, many of whom were elderly. As part of the account takeover and as an attempt to defeat the bank’s fraud detection efforts, Jean-Noel called Capital One from “spoofed” telephone numbers that made it appear as if the true account holders were calling. He also made fabricated payments to the accounts in order to increase the credit limits and his access to the funds. Jean-Noel and others working at his direction made purchases with these unauthorized credit cards totaling $292,291.05. They attempted an additional $52,307.58 worth of transactions that were declined.

This case was investigated by United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mandy Riedel.

Topic(s): 
Elder Justice
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
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Updated May 31, 2018