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Travon Williams, Dark Web Hack Sentenced in Credit Card Fraud Scheme

February 2, 2018

A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to nine years in prison for his role as a ringleader in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme. 

According to court documents, Travon Williams, 33, organized and led a conspiracy where over two and a half years, members purchased thousands of stolen credit and debit card numbers from blackmarket websites, encoded those stolen numbers onto fraudulent credit cards, and then used those cards to buy merchandise including gift cards and cartons of cigarettes.

During the conspiracy, the group made hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from selling cigarette cartons to buyers from New York City, who drove down to Northern Virginia to transport the cigarettes. Williams himself obtained $415,000 in proceeds.
 
Williams is one of 12 defendants who was arrested in this case in August 2017, all of whom have pleaded guilty for their roles in this scheme. Co-defendant Rodriguez Norman has also pleaded guilty to participating in an organized dog-fighting conspiracy. Williams is the sixth defendant to be sentenced, as shown below:

 

Name, Age

Hometown

Convictions

Sentence

Travon Williams, 33

Portsmouth

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes, Aggravated Identity Theft

108 months

Jamar Johnson, 31

Portsmouth

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

84 months

Ashley Carrillo Howell, 34

Bowie, Maryland

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

70 months

Ronnie Beale, 33

Fort Washington, Maryland

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud

14 months

Ryan McNeil, 32

District Heights, Maryland

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud

14 months

Denae Horton, 25

Chesapeake

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud

2 months

Eugene Cuffee, 34

Norfolk

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud

February 2

Nathaneal Williams, 25

Manassas

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes, Aggravated Identity Theft

February 16

Gentle Tyson, III, 33

Virginia Beach

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

February 23

Rodriguez Norman, 31

Temple Hills, Maryland

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Conspiracy to Traffic in Contraband Cigarettes, Aggravated Identity Theft; &

Conspiracy to Engage in an Animal Fighting Venture

March 16

Marvin Mitchell, 33

Virginia Beach

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

March 23

Ebony Coe, 29

Virginia Beach

Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft

March 23

 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maya D. Song, Whitney Russell, and Katherine Rumbaugh prosecuted the case.
 
The Manassas Park Police, Fairfax County Police, and Arlington County Police provided significant assistance during this investigation.

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