Cleveland Heights man jailed and ordered to pay $177,000 in restitution for credit card fraud scheme | USAO-NDOH

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CLEVELAND –Carlos Dashawn Brown, 28, of Bowling Green and Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was sentenced on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, to 38 months in prison and ordered to pay $177,716.07 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. after Brown pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of an access device, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

“This defendant preyed on underprivileged people and depleted an elderly victim’s savings, all in an effort to make a quick buck for himself,” the US attorney’s first assistant said. Michelle M. Baeppler. “Law enforcement in this area will not tolerate the targeting of vulnerable populations in our community.”

“Committing credit card fraud, bank fraud and identity theft against vulnerable populations is nothing short of a heartless crime,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge in Cleveland Gregory Nelsen. . “Mr. Brown’s actions are appalling. This sentence underscores the FBI’s commitment to finding and investigating the predatory behavior of nefarious individuals. The FBI is committed to protecting every American from fraudsters, whether they are action of an individual or a network of criminals, thanks to our work with federal, state and local partners.

“This case is an example of well-coordinated efforts by law enforcement and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to protect vulnerable, elderly Americans from financial abuse,” said Inspector in Charge Lesley Allison of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. . “The Inspection Service appreciates the unwavering dedication of our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to bring those who commit these scams to justice.”

“This sentence demonstrates our commitment to holding accountable those who intentionally misuse others’ Social Security numbers for their own personal gain,” said Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General of the Social Security Administration. “Mr. Brown’s criminal actions have caused financial harm to vulnerable people. I want to thank our law enforcement partners for their investigative efforts and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecuting this matter.

According to court documents, from April 2014 to January 2019, Brown carried out a credit card fraud scheme using the personal identifying information of multiple victims. These victims were vulnerable due to their age and/or mental state.

As part of his scheme, Brown, without authorization, used these victims’ personal identifying information to open credit card accounts and make purchases, including travel, expensive goods and a vehicle. Brown also stole more than $60,000 from an elderly victim’s pension account and fraudulently tricked several banks and creditors into issuing Brown more than $117,000 in refund checks to which he was not entitled.

In total, Brown caused an approximate loss of $177,716.07 to all victims of the scheme.

This matter was investigated by the Cleveland FBI, the United States Postal Service Inspection Service (USPIS), and the Office of Inspector General’s Social Security Administration (SSA OIG). This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Seabury Gould.

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