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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Multiple U.S. Postal Service Employees And Others Arrested For $1.3 Million Fraud And Identity Theft Scheme

Damian Williams, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Daniel B. Brubaker, Inspector-in-Charge, New York Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Northeast Area Field Office of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General (“USPS-OIG”), announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging JOHNNY DAMUS, a/k/a “Ace,” RASHAAN RICHARDS, a/k/a “Jay Dee,” a/k/a “JD,” a/k/a “Payso,” DEVON RICHARDS, a/k/a “Dev,” CONRAD HERON, a/k/a “Conny Cash,” LOUIS JEUNE VERLY, a/k/a “Luis Jesus Virola,” KAREEM SHEPHERD, a/k/a “Reem,” a/k/a “Marcus Ford,” a/k/a “Frank James,” FABIOLA MOMPOINT, a/k/a “Lady Fab,” NATHANAEL FOUCAULT, and JOHNATHAN PERSAUD, a/k/a “Junzie-J,”  in connection with their theft and unauthorized use of credit cards to defraud several national financial institutions, credit card companies, and major retailers, resulting in more than $1.3 million in intended losses as well as the theft of hundreds of identities.  As alleged, the defendants conspired to steal credit cards from the mail; use those stolen credit cards at a variety of stores, including high-end retailers; and sell some of the merchandise purchased with the stolen cards on the website LuxurySnob.com (“LuxurySnob”).

NATHANAEL FOUCAULT and JOHNATHAN PERSAUD, U.S. Postal Employees, were arrested today in the Eastern District of New York and will be presented before Judge James L. Cott.

FABIOLA MOMPOINT, a U.S. Postal Employee, was arrested today in the District of New Jersey and will be presented before Judge James L. Cott.

DEVON RICHARDS was arrested today in the Eastern District of New York and will be presented before Judge James L. Cott.

The remaining defendants are at large.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:  “As alleged, the defendants engaged in a years-long scheme to manipulate credit card companies and major retailers across New York and New Jersey by stealing credit cards and using those cards to purchase, and subsequently sell, luxury goods.  The defendants took advantage of the public trust we place in U.S. Postal Service employees for their own financial gain.  Thanks to the diligence of USPIS, the NYPD, and USPS-OIG, the defendants will now be held accountable for their brazen criminal conduct.”

USPIS Inspector-in-Charge Daniel B. Brubaker said:  “These nine defendants, three of which are postal employees, sought to enrich themselves by stealing mail directly from hundreds of postal customers.  They further compounded their crimes by committing identity theft against those customers to facilitate their elaborate scheme to defraud several national financial institutions.  Make no mistake, the Postal Inspection Service will not allow thieves, no matter who they are, to use the U.S. Mail to harm postal customers or the financial institutions that serve them.  We are pleased the members of this criminal syndicate have been apprehended and their crime spree brought to an abrupt end.”

USPS-OIG Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Modafferi said:  “The Special Agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General will continue to maintain the integrity of the U.S. Postal Service and its personnel. The conduct alleged is disgraceful, and our office will continue to vigorously investigate postal service employees and their co-conspirators who violate the public’s trust. The USPS OIG is thankful for the relationships with our law enforcement partners and the Department of Justice for their dedication and efforts in this investigation.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment:[1]

Between in or around December 2018, up to and including the present, members of the conspiracy worked with U.S. Postal Service mail carriers, including, among others, FABIOLA MOMPOINT, NATHANAEL FOUCAULT, and JOHNATHAN PERSAUD to steal credit cards from the mail stream before those cards were delivered to the assigned credit card customers.  After obtaining the stolen credit cards, members of the conspiracy activated the cards using stolen personally identifiable information (“PII”) of the intended recipients.  Members of the conspiracy, including RASHAAN RICHARDS, DEVON RICHARDS, CONRAD HERON, LOUIS JEUNE VERLY, and KAREEM SHEPHERD (collectively, “the Shoppers”), and others known and unknown, then used the stolen cards to purchase luxury goods—including items manufactured by, among others, Chanel, Fendi, Hermes, and Dior—from high-end retailers, including major department stores in, among other places, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.  Often, JOHNNY DAMUS, instructed the Shoppers to purchase particular luxury items in specific quantities.  Working together with a close associate (“CC-1”), DAMUS functionally operated LuxurySnob.com, on which many of these fraudulently obtained luxury items were sold.  LuxurySnob purports to be an “online consignment and personal shopping company” specializing in “pre-owned luxury items,” but, in fact, many of the items it sells were purchased using stolen credit cards.

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Charts containing the names, charges, and maximum penalties for the defendants are set forth below.  The maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the USPIS, USPS-OIG, and the NYPD.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Ashley C. Nicolas and Madison Reddick Smyser are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

COUNT

DEFENDANTS

MAX. TERM OF IMPRISONMENT

Count One: Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud

(18 U.S.C. § 1029(b)(2))

JOHNNY DAMUS

RASHAAN RICHARDS

DEVON RICHARDS

CONRAD HERON

LOUIS JEUNE VERLY

KAREEM SHEPHERD

FABIOLA MOMPOINT

NATHANAEL FOUCAULT

JOHNATHAN PERSAUD

Seven and a half years in prison

Count Two: Access Device Fraud

(18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(5), (c)(1)(a)(ii) and 2)

JOHNNY DAMUS

RASHAAN RICHARDS

DEVON RICHARDS

CONRAD HERON

LOUIS JEUNE VERLY

KAREEM SHEPHERD

FABIOLA MOMPOINT

NATHANAEL FOUCAULT

JOHNATHAN PERSAUD

15 years in prison

Count Three: Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

(18 U.S.C. § 1349)

JOHNNY DAMUS

RASHAAN RICHARDS

DEVON RICHARDS

CONRAD HERON

LOUIS JEUNE VERLY

KAREEM SHEPHERD

30 years in prison

Count Four: Aggravated Identity Theft

(18 U.S.C. § 1028A)

JOHNNY DAMUS

RASHAAN RICHARDS

DEVON RICHARDS

CONRAD HERON

LOUIS JEUNE VERLY

KAREEM SHEPHERD

FABIOLA MOMPOINT

NATHANAEL FOUCAULT

JOHNATHAN PERSAUD

Mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison

Count Five: Conspiracy to Steal Mail by U.S. Postal Employees

 

(18 U.S.C. § 1709)

RASHAAN RICHARDS

DEVON RICHARDS

KAREEM SHEPHERD

FABIOLA MOMPOINT

NATHANAEL FOUCAULT

JOHNATHAN PERSAUD

Five years in prison

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth in this release constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

 

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Contact: 
Nicholas Biase (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
22-307
Updated September 29, 2022