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November 20, 2014

Two More Defendants Sentenced in Identity Theft Fraud Scheme Involving Personal Identifying Information from AT&T Customer Files

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announce that defendants Monique Smith, 31, of Pompano Beach, and Arrington Basil Segu, 28, of Miami, were sentenced yesterday before U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke. Smith was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $55,263.45 in restitution. Segu was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $57,838.86 in restitution.

Smith previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and one count of aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section and 1028A. Segu previously pled guilty to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029(a)(2) and 1028A.

On October 29, 2014, Tracy Delva, 22, of Deerfield Beach, was sentenced to 37 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $27,441 in restitution. Delva pled guilty to one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029(a)(2) and 1028A.

On October 15, 2014, Jacqueline Nicole Lee Warrick, 26, of Miami, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Warrick pled guilty to one count of using an authorized access device and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029(a)(2) and 1028A.

On August 6, 2014, co-defendant Chouman Emily Syrilien, 25, of Lauderdale Lakes, was sentenced to 34 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Syrilien pled guilty to one count of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029(a)(3) and 1028A.

On October 1, 2014, Carlos Antonio Alexander, 24, of Orlando, was sentenced to 16 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Alexander pled guilty to one count of using an authorized access device and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1029(a)(2) and 1028A.

On September 3, 2014, Angel Arcos, 23, of Pompano Beach, was sentenced to time served, to be followed by four years of supervised release. As a condition of his supervised release, Arcos was subject to 180 days of home detention with electronic monitoring. Arcos pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.

On September 22, 2014, Shantegra La’Shae Godfrey, 23, of Deerfield Beach, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. Sentencing is scheduled for December 3, 2014. Godfrey faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

According to court documents, defendant Syrilien was employed by Interactive Response Technologies, Inc. (IRT) located in Margate. IRT provides staffing for call centers to handle direct sales and customer inquiries for AT&T. Syrilien unlawfully provided a co-conspirator with the personal identifying information from multiple AT&T customer files. Segu also unlawfully provided personal identifying information of numerous individuals to the co-conspirator.

Alexander, Delva, Godfrey, Smith and Warrick were added as “authorized users” on victims’ credit or debit card accounts or bank accounts to access the accounts of persons whose personal identifying information had been stolen. Once a co-conspirator’s name was added as an “authorized user,” the bank and/or credit card company was directed to mail additional debit or credit cards bearing the names of these newly added “authorized users” to their addresses or addresses under their control, all without the true account holder’s knowledge or consent. The defendants used these credit and debit cards to make purchases or obtain money.

Delva and Warrick both utilized fraudulently obtained debit and credit cards that bore their names as additional “authorized users” on victims’ accounts to make both retail purchases as well as cash advances in excess of $28,000. Alexander, Smith and Godfrey made retail purchases as well as cash advances in excess of $24,000, $12,000 and $8,200, respectively.

Arcos allowed his personal information to be used to open a bank account to further the fraudulent activity. From September 16 to 18, 2013, five withdrawals totaling $13,000 were made from the fraudulent account and deposited into Arcos’ checking account.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of IRS-CI and FBI. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia R. Wood.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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