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U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips
U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips announced a series of indictments in a nationwide,
multi-million dollar fraud scheme.

Black Market Travel Agents
38 defendants indicted in multi-million dollar fraud;
Local investigation exposes nationwide network that used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets
KANSAS CITY - Thirty-eight defendants from across the United States have been charged in a series of indictments that allege an extensive network of black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers.

“What began as a local law enforcement investigation ultimately exposed an extensive nationwide black market for airline tickets,” U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips said. “Six federal indictments allege that 38 defendants used stolen credit and debit card information from thousands of identity theft victims to purchase tickets, which they sold to their customers at a steep discount,” Phillips added. “These separate criminal conspiracies resulted in an estimated total loss of more than $20 million to numerous domestic airline companies, financial institutions, other merchants and cardholders.”
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List of indictments & defendants
Beecham, et al Indictment
Burks, et al Indictment
Clay Indictment
Harrison, et al Indictment
Palmer, et al Indictment
Pryor, et al Indictment

Sept. 24, 2010:
Black Market Travel Agents

Three men plead guilty to multi-million-dollar fraud
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets
KANSAS CITY - Three defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Sean Fleming, also known as”David Bravo” or “Pucci,” 29, of Hialeah, Fla., and Kareem Nelson, 31, of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy in separate appearances today before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan. Alexander Lewis, also known as “Mike Gotti,” 25, of McDonough, Ga., pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, to the same conspiracy charge contained in a May 5, 2010, federal indictment.
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Oct. 13, 2010:
Black Market Travel Agents

Two men plead guilty to multi-million dollar fraud;
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY - Two defendants pleaded guilty, in separate but related cases, to their roles in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Ricardo Clay, 30, and Romeyo Calavarey, also known as “Malawtic Surreal,” 25, both of Atlanta, Ga., pleaded guilty in separate appearances before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr.
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Oct. 14, 2010:
Black Market Travel Agents

New York man pleads guilty to multi-million dollar fraud;
Conspirators used stolen identities, credit cards to purchase airline tickets

KANSAS CITY - A New York, N.Y., man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a conspiracy among black market travel agents who used the stolen identities of thousands of victims as part of a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to purchase airline tickets for their customers. Termain Brice, 31, of New York, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr., to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.
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Updated January 7, 2015

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