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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 17, 2016

Last of 4 defendants in Bossier City casino cash advance theft conspiracy sentenced

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that four men from Illinois were sentenced Thursday for their roles in a wire fraud conspiracy to steal tens of thousands of dollars using Bossier City casino ATMs. 

Darus Sutton, 26, of Chicago, Ill., was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison with 18 months of supervised release; Jamal Campbell, 24, of Maywood, Ill, was sentenced to 30 months in prison with three years of supervised release; Jeremy L. Coleman, 25, of Harvey, Ill., was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison with three years of supervised release; and Nicholas Coleman, 27, of Harvey, Ill., was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison with three years of supervised release.  Additionally, Campbell was sentenced to a consecutive six-month sentence for one count of identity theft, which was a charge that arose out of a similar scheme in the Northern District of Indiana.  All defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote presided over the hearing.

According to the guilty pleas, Sutton, Campbell, Jeremy Coleman, Nicholas Coleman and six other defendants visited the Horseshoe, Diamond Jacks and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs casinos on July 3 and 4 of 2014. The defendants used counterfeit credit cards at ATMs inside the gaming areas to make cash advances.  The cards displayed the names of the defendants but the account numbers of actual victims who had their credit card information stolen. The defendants performed 53 cash advances with a total of $61,438.86 stolen.

The other six defendants who previously pleaded guilty to the conspiracy count and have been sentenced are:

Charlie Nicholson, 25, of Melrose Park, Ill., was sentenced on February 12, 2016, to 22 months in prison with three years supervised release;

Ralphael Cassibery, 24, of Chicago, Ill., was sentenced on February 12, 2016, to 24 months in prison with three years supervised release;

Jeremiah J. Scott, 24, of Harvey, Ill., was sentenced on February 12, 2016, to 23 months in prison with three years supervised release;

Ray L. Holmes Jr., 28, of Harvey, Ill., was sentenced on February 19, 2016, to 30 months in prison with three years supervised release;

Tarnasha Harden, 35, of Harvey, Ill., was sentenced on February 19, 2016, to 18 months in prison with three years supervised release; and

Ashley Thomas, 26, of Harvey, Ill., was sentenced on February 19, 2016, to 12 months and one day in prison with three years supervised release.

All defendants must pay $61,438.86 in restitution joint and severally with each other.

The U.S. Secret Service and the Louisiana State Police investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.

Updated June 20, 2016