Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Thursday a Maryland man was sentenced to 58 months in prison for conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Twenty-eight-year-old Vincent A. Grant of Laurel conspired with four co-defendants to purchased stolen debit and credit card numbers online with Bitcoin from July 2014 to May 2015. Co-defendants named in the case include:
- James C. Stewart, III, a specialist – 66-month prison sentence
- Derrick K. Shelton, II, a specialist– 49-month prison sentence
- Jamal A. Moody, a specialist – 48-month prison sentence
- Quentin T. Stewart, a sergeant – 40-month prison sentence
The defendants only purchased stolen debit and credit card numbers of businesses and people holding federal credit union accounts. They purchased magnetic strip card-encoding software and devices to re-encode the others with stolen debit and credit card numbers, according to court documents.
The defendants utilized the re-encoded cards to purchase merchandise from Air Force and Army Exchange Service stores located on U.S. military bases and other locations in Maryland and elsewhere. They would sometimes resell the merchandise to other individuals through Craigslist or people they knew.