Former Plattsburgh Resident Admits Half a Million Dollars in Online Fraud
Stolen Personal Identification Information Funded Purchases and Investments
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jared R. Hudson, 39, formerly of Plattsburgh, New York, pled guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Plattsburgh Police Chief Kenneth R. Parkinson.
As part of his plea, Hudson admitted that from October 2009 until December 13, 2014, he devised a scheme to defraud banks, merchants, and individual consumers by obtaining stolen credit card numbers, bank account numbers, expiration dates, security codes, answers to security questions, and other personal identification information that was used to purchase goods electronically and to fraudulently transfer and attempt to transfer funds electronically.
Initially, the defendant used stolen credit card numbers belonging to others to order merchandise online and had the merchandise shipped to him. Hudson used the stolen personal identification information to sign up for credit cards in other people’s names, which the defendant had sent to him for use in purchasing merchandise online. The scheme to defraud evolved into opening investment accounts in the defendant’s name which were funded with money taken from the victims’ bank accounts using stolen account numbers, routing numbers, identification, and banking security information. As part of his guilty plea, Hudson admitted at least $510,544.49 in actual and intended losses from his victims.
Hudson has been detained in custody since his arrest on June 24, 2016. Upon sentencing on November 29, 2017, he faces at least 2 years and up to 20 years in prison. The court may also impose a fine of up to $250,000 on each count of conviction. Sentences are imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Plattsburgh Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer.