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Orlando Man Sentenced To Three Years In Federal Prison For Identity Theft And Credit Card Fraud At Universal Orlando Theme Parks

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza today sentenced Ishod Hazell (26, Orlando) to three years in federal prison for committing aggravated identity theft and using unauthorized access devices at Universal Orlando theme parks. The court also ordered Hazell to pay restitution in the amount of $153,598.99, representing the total losses to Universal.

Hazell had pleaded guilty on July 16, 2019.

According to court documents, between June 16, 2018, and February 27, 2019, Hazell used 91 different stolen credit card numbers to purchase theme park tickets and hotel packages from Universal valued at approximately $291,170.  Hazell routinely called the Universal call center to make the fraudulent purchases, each time using a different stolen credit card number and identifying himself as the credit card holder. After making the fraudulent purchases, Hazell and his associates used the theme parks’ self-serve kiosks to pick up the tickets. The tickets were then sold to unsuspecting vacationers using an online website.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chauncey A. Bratt.

Updated October 3, 2019

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft