Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that eight individuals were charged for their roles in a scheme that used stolen and fraudulent credit card accounts to purchase at least $750,000 worth of various items, including retail goods, large construction and building materials, appliances and equipment.

Charged in a 22-count indictment with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft are Diontae WALLACE, 35, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio; Adrienne CAMPBELL, 53, of Cleveland, Ohio; JOVANNA BROWN, 33, of Warrensville Heights, Ohio; Marcellus SMITH, 27, of Cleveland, Ohio; James LUKE, 43, of Cleveland, Ohio; Glenn KING, 27, of Cleveland, Ohio; Shirley LADSON, 37, of Shaker Heights, Ohio and JOSEPH BROWN, 62, of Campbell, Ohio.

According to the allegations, from around December of 2016 and continuing through approximately April of 2020, WALLACE recruited a number of co-conspirators, including CAMPBELL, JOVANNA BROWN, SMITH, LUKE, KING, LADSON and JOSEPH BROWN to participate in the credit card fraud scheme.

It is alleged that WALLACE would purchase personal identifying information from the dark web and use it to open fraudulent credit card accounts.  WALLACE would then create fictitious identification cards bearing the stolen personal identifying information and a photograph of a co-conspirator.  The indictment states that WALLACE provided the fraudulent identification cards and credit cards to his co-conspirators…

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