Peter Borgia Jr. Online
Identity Thief Sentenced to 48 Months in Prison for Counterfeit Credit
Card Conspiracy Involving More Than $3 Million in Losses
August 10, 2012
A Munster, Ind., man
was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to serve
48 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that involved operation
of an online identity theft business that sold counterfeit credit cards
encoded with stolen account information,.
Peter Borgia Jr., 22, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Leonie M.
Brinkema. In addition to his prison term, Borgia was ordered to pay
$3,138,678.05 in forfeiture and to serve three years of supervised
release. Borgia pleaded guilty on May 18, 2012, to one count of
conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity
In his plea, Borgia admitted he was part of a conspiracy that ran an
online business selling counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen
account information. According to court documents, the conspiracy
utilized multiple online personas in criminal “carding forums,” Internet
discussion groups set up to facilitate buying and selling stolen
financial account information and other goods and services to promote
credit card fraud. In these forums and in other Internet communications,
the conspiracy regularly purchased or received stolen credit card
account information, which was then used to make counterfeit credit
cards for sale to others.
June 2010, U.S. Secret Service special agents executed a search warrant
at Borgia’s co-conspirator’s apartment and found a counterfeit credit
card manufacturing operation and nearly 21,000 stolen credit card
numbers and related information in computers and email accounts.
According to court documents, credit card companies have identified
thousands of fraudulent transactions using the card numbers found in the
co-conspirator’s possession, totaling more than $3 million.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service Criminal
Investigative Division and Chicago Field Office, with assistance from
the U.S. Marshals Service from the Northern District of Illinois and the
Northern District of Indiana, and the Oak Brook, Ill., Police
Department. The case was prosecuted by Michael J. Stawasz, a Senior
Counsel for the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the
Justice Department’s Criminal Division and a Special Assistant U.S.
Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.