Three Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway yesterday sentenced Nicholas Aaron Brown (19, Queens, NY), Donald Napoleon (21, Winter Haven), and Renington Javier Noa (26, Orlando) for their roles in an access device fraud conspiracy. Brown and Napoleon were both sentenced to 2 years in federal prison. Noa was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison. The court also ordered each to serve a 2-year term of supervised release, following incarceration, and to pay restitution to the victims of this conspiracy. All three individuals pleaded guilty in December 2013.
According to court documents and evidence presented at the sentencing hearing, Brown, Napoleon, and Noa participated in a conspiracy that involved the production of counterfeit credit or debit cards using account numbers belonging to other individuals, which were obtained online. A separately indicted co-conspirator, Andre Aldain Flemming, was the leader of the conspiracy. Flemming obtained the compromised account numbers online from individuals overseas. Members of the conspiracy, including Brown, wired money to individuals overseas to pay for these account numbers. Once Flemming acquired the account numbers, he produced the counterfeit credit or debit cards and provided them to Brown, Napoleon, Noa, and other co-conspirators. The individuals then used the cards to make fraudulent purchases at retail stores. The co-conspirators provided the fraudulently purchased merchandise to Flemming. Flemming paid them a fee and then sold the merchandise on the street for a profit.
Flemming was indicted with additional co-conspirators in a separate case. He pleaded guilty to access device fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft on January 9, 2014. His sentencing hearing is scheduled on April 10, 2014.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, with assistance from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.