Woman sentenced for credit card conspiracy and identity theft – L’Observateur

NEW ORLEANS – US Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LAKISHA WILLIAMS41, of New Orleans, was today sentenced to nine years in prison by U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe on charges stemming from her participation in a credit card fraud ring that operated in the New Orleans area. WILLIAMS had previously pleaded guilty to four counts in the third replacement indictment: conspiracy to commit fraud by means of an access device, possession of at least fifteen counterfeit or unauthorized access devices , possession of device manufacturing equipment and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, WILLIAMS and his co-defendants engaged in a scheme to obtain goods and money from stores by fraud. The defendants obtained stolen credit and debit card information, encoded it into cards, and then used that information to buy goods from stores. The defendants would then send the items back to another store in the same chain, but they would trick the store employees into having the chargeback credited to their own bank accounts.

Court documents also detail how WILLIAMS took flights with other co-conspirators to carry out fraudulent transactions in various cities in the United States, including Charleston, South Carolina; Chicago, Ill.; ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, Missouri; Richmond, Virginia; and Charlotte, North Carolina. WILLIAMS pleaded guilty and admitted to causing losses between $150,000.00 and $250,000.00 through his own conduct and that of his co-conspirators.

For conspiracy to commit access device fraud, Judge Ashe sentenced WILLIAMS to 60 months in prison and three years of probation. On the charge of possession of at least fifteen counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, Judge Ashe sentenced WILLIAMS to 84 months in prison and three years of probation. For the charge of possession of device manufacturing equipment, Judge Ashe sentenced WILLIAMS to 84 months in prison and three years of probation. All of these sentences were ordered to be carried out simultaneously. For aggravated identity theft, Judge Ashe sentenced WILLIAMS to a mandatory two-year prison sentence to be served consecutively to his other sentences, as well as a one-year probation sentence to run concurrently with the other probation sentences. WILLIAMS also had to pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $100 per count. A restitution hearing to receive any further restitution evidence has been set by Judge Ashe for August 4, 2022.

“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those, like Ms. Williams, who engage in fraudulent schemes that attack the finances of innocent victims and businesses within our community will be held accountable.” said Leslie Pichon, Special Agent in Charge of the US Secret Service in New Orleans.

U.S. Attorney Evans commended the agencies that contributed to this conviction, which represents a coordinated effort by federal and state law enforcement authorities within the Louisiana Financial Crimes Task Force. The task force includes representatives from the United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, New York Police Department, Orleans, Covington Police Department, Hammond Police Department, Kenner Police Department, Louisiana State Police, and Mandeville Police Department. , Slidell Police Department, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. John The Baptist Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of State, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General and Defense Criminal Investigative Service. U.S. Attorney Evans also thanked the Franklin (TN) Police Department, Mobile Police Department, Gulfport Police Department, Minnetonka (MN) Police Department, Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office and the Orléans Parish District Attorney’s Office for their assistance. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew R. Payne and K. Paige O’Hale are charged with the prosecution.

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