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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Syracuse Woman Pleads Guilty to Credit-Card Cloning Operation

Stolen Credit Card Numbers Were Purchased from Offshore Computer Hackers

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Taylor Boyd-White, 26, of Syracuse, New York, pled guilty yesterday to operating a multi-year credit-card cloning operation, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

Boyd-White pled guilty to one count of wire-fraud conspiracy and one count of money-laundering conspiracy. As part of her guilty plea, she admitted her involvement in the scheme, which involved the purchase of hundreds of stolen credit card numbers belonging to victims. The credit card numbers were frequently obtained from computer hackers located overseas and were used to fabricate cloned credit cards. Boyd-White further admitted that she and her co-conspirators used the cloned credit cards to purchase tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise and prepaid gift cards. The prepaid gift cards were used to purchase United States Postal money orders, which were converted to cash. The scheme operated from 2014 through 2016 in Syracuse, New York, and in the state of Georgia. The wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges carry a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000.00 and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years following any term of incarceration.

Boyd-White is scheduled to be sentenced on October 18, 2017, in Syracuse, New York. This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the City of Syracuse Police Department – Gang Violence Task Force, the New York State Police, and the Town of Dewitt Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Commandeur.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Securities, Commodities, & Investment Fraud
Updated June 21, 2017