Lancaster SC man guilty of stealing credit card number.
Lancaster County man faces up to 15 years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty of stealing a credit card number to buy sneakers and clothing, prosecutors say US Department of Justice, and court documents.
Robert Nathaniel Johnson III, 35, was convicted on Tuesday after a trial in Charlotte. He had been charged with access device fraud of up to 10 years in prison and conspiracy for access device fraud of up to five years, according to federal prosecutors and court records.
Johnson, whose alias was “Booman” according to court documents, used a stolen credit card number in late 2018 to fabricate counterfeit credit cards, prosecutors said. Johnson then bought more than $ 10,000 worth of merchandise from places in North Carolina such as Foot Locker, Foot Action, Best Buy and other retailers.
The items were purchased from North Carolina stores in Pineville, Charlotte and Greensboro – from stores in Carolina Place, across the South Carolina state border between Fort Mill and Lancaster County , and Rivergate near Lake Wylie, according to federal court documents.
A second suspect, Charles Vincent Brown, of Pineville, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to access device fraud in the conspiracy, court documents show.
Johnson and Brown are awaiting their sentencing in federal court, documents show.
The scheme was discovered by the U.S. Secret Service and the suspects were arrested in 2019, according to indictments and court documents.
Federal documents did not identify the victim whose credit card was stolen.
According to SC Department of Consumer Affairs, credit card fraud is the first type of identity theft reported in South Carolina. As of July 2019, 168 consumers have reported credit / debit card fraud with a total of more than $ 400,000 stolen, the consumer department said.
In 2019, more than 167,000 people nationwide have reported a fake credit card was opened using stolen information, according to the Consumer Affairs website.
The Federal Trade Commission said on its website that people can protect themselves against credit card fraud by keeping a record of account numbers, expiration dates, and phone number to report fraud for each business in a safe place.
The FTC also recommends not lending cards to anyone and ensuring that documents and invoices are properly stored or shredded.
The FTC advises consumers not to give your account number to anyone over the phone, unless you have called a business that you know is reputable. If you’ve never done business with them before, search online for reviews or complaints first. The federal agency recommends recording receipts and immediately reporting any questionable charges to the card issuer.