He was just one of the perpetrators, but a Newark man has admitted his role in stealing credit cards from the mail and then using them to make retail and online purchases totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, First Assistant US Attorney Vikas Khanna announced on Friday. .
For his role, Hakir Brown, 27, of Newark, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
All together though, Brown, Jahad Salter, 25, and Dashaun Brown, 31, sought the involvement of USPS employees, including Khadijah Banks Oneal, 31, to steal credit cards from the mail and then be paid.
Brown and the others would then fraudulently impersonate the real account holders when calling the card-issuing banks.
They also used the personal identifying information of account holders in order to obtain or change stolen credit card information at will.
Brown and the rest of the conspirators used the stolen credit cards at retail stores in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere in person as well as online, and racked up bills totaling over $300,000.
Banks Oneal, who worked at a mail processing plant in Kearny, Ashley Taylor, who worked at a post office in New York, Salter, Adeeb Salih, 29, of East Orange, and Yaseen Salih, 24, of ‘Iselin were also charged by complaint for their role in the regime.
Dashaun Brown has been indicted by a grand jury and will be arraigned in March.
Prosecutor Khanna said the charge of conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries a maximum legal sentence of 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1 million.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara F. Merin of the Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.
Defense Counsel: Mark A. Bailey Esq., Newark.