Brooklyn Man Pleads Guilty And Is Sentenced For Hacking Into Online Accounts Of Wegmans Customers
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Maurice Sheftall, 24, of Brooklyn, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to fraud and related activity in connection with computers. Judge Siragusa then sentenced Sheftall to serve three years’ probation and pay restitution totaling $41,441.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that in January 2021, Sheftall obtained the customer credentials, including logins and passwords, of more than 50 individuals who had accounts on www.wegmans.com. He then logged into the accounts and changed passwords and e-mail contact information, locking each customer out of his or her account. Sheftall than used the customers saved credit card information, without their knowledge, to order groceries and have those groceries delivered to himself and his associates. Between January 22, 2021, and July 25, 2021, Sheftall intentionally defrauded Wegmans and approximately 50 customers by placing approximately 25 fraudulent orders, totaling approximately $9,297.05. Actual losses totaled $41,441, to include reimbursement to customers, the purchase of credit monitoring for affected customers, and the purchase of dark web monitoring to determine where and how Sheftall obtained the customer account information he used to access the accounts.
The plea and sentencing are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia.
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Updated March 27, 2023