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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 29, 2019

Florida Man Sentenced To More Than Three Years In Prison For Credit Card Fraud

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Nicholas Whitetto (39, Quincy) to 42 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment of $65,000, the proceeds of the credit card fraud.

Whitetto pleaded guilty on January 11, 2019.

According to court documents, Whitetto and others devised a scheme wherein they called a credit card company (referred to in court documents as the Banking Institution) and provided the personal identifying information of actual credit card account holders. Whitetto or another coconspirator then requested to be added as an authorized user on the credit card accounts and directed that the new authorized user’s credit cards be mailed to addresses controlled by the conspirators. The conspirators utilized this plan to fraudulently obtain at least 50 unauthorized credit cards.

Once they received the fraudulently-obtained credit cards in the mail, the conspirators went to various banks and made cash advance withdrawals. The conspirators also used the fraudulently-obtained cards to make unauthorized purchases. The Banking Institution suffered a loss exceeding $100,000.

On January 11, 2019, co-conspirator Frank Tillman pleaded guilty to his role in the scam. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 8, 2019.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel K. Jones.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
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Updated March 29, 2019