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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Former Coral Springs Resident Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Access Device Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

A former Coral Springs resident was sentenced to 87 months in prison for possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, possession of device-making equipment, and aggravated identity theft.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), and Tony Pustizzi, Chief, Coral Springs Police Department, made the announcement.

In January 2017, Terrance Beron Sills, 28, pled guilty to one count of possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices, one count of possession of device-making equipment, and one count of aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas sentenced Sills to a total of 87 months in prison. The sentence consisted of 63 months in prison for possession of fifteen or more unauthorized access devices and possession of device-making equipment, followed by a consecutive sentence of 24 months in prison for aggravated identity theft. This sentence will run consecutive to a sentence of 18 months in prison, previously imposed on Sills by Senior U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn for violating the conditions of his supervised release.

According to court documents, members of the Coral Springs Police Department discovered hundreds of printed pages containing personally identifiable information (PII) of other people, including driver’s license information, hospital records, and credit reports, in Sills’ apartment while responding to a reported domestic disturbance. When detectives subsequently executed a search warrant on the apartment, they discovered PII for more than 600 individuals. Additionally, detectives found a printer, embosser, and magnetic stripe writer/reader used to make counterfeit credit cards or identifications. Several weeks later, Sills was stopped by Ft. Lauderdale Police Department officers driving a car the trunk of which contained additional PII, blank plastic cards, and counterfeit driver’s licenses.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the USSS and Coral Springs Police Department, including the work of the Task Force Officers. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared M. Strauss.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Topic(s): 
Identity Theft
Updated July 27, 2017