NEWARK, N.J. – A New York man today admitted to his role in conspiring to defraud a home improvement retail store with stolen credit card information, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Telwin Vincent, 32, of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Court Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to commit bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to use unauthorized access devices.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From November 2017 through May 2019, Vincent and his conspirators placed online orders with a home improvement store using stolen credit card information and arranged to pick up those goods in person at various store locations throughout New Jersey and New York. Vincent directed his conspirators to pick up the goods using dozens of false or stolen identities and then return the goods at different store locations or sell the goods at a discount to third parties for cash.
The bank fraud conspiracy charge to which Vincent pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison, a fine of $1 million or twice the gross gain to him or loss to others, whichever is greatest. The conspiracy to use unauthorized access devices count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain to him or loss to others, whichever is greatest. Vincent’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2021.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Rodney M. Hopkins in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray Mateo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Opioid Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Unit in Newark.