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District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 16, 2022

California Man Sentenced To Prison For Fraudulently Obtaining Over 700 Credit Card Numbers To Purchase $500,000 In Las Vegas Event Tickets

LAS VEGAS – A California resident was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for fraudulently obtaining over 700 credit card numbers to purchase more than $500,000 in tickets for various events in Las Vegas over a one-year period.

Carl Dewain Jefferson (36) pleaded guilty in September 2021 to use or trafficking of unauthorized access devices and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, between March 14, 2014, and March 13, 2015, Jefferson — who operated LV Show Tickets, LLC — fraudulently obtained credit card numbers to purchase tickets for various events in Las Vegas. Later, he resold the tickets on his own website, www.lvshowticket.net, and Craigslist. In total, Jefferson used more than 700 different credit card accounts to fraudulently purchase more than $500,000 worth of event tickets.

On September 4, 2014, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers executed a search warrant for two rooms reserved under Jefferson’s name. Officers seized a laptop, cell phones, a credit card embossing machine, forged debit cards, and business cards.

U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Fang prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
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Updated June 16, 2022