International Cybercrime Conspiracy, 10 Years in Prison for Selling Stolen Credit Card Info Online
In December, 2015, Milad Kalantari entered into the United States at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. He was arrested upon arrival. In October, 2016, Kalantari pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft and access device fraud and one count of substantive access device fraud.
Kalantari’s fraud scheme was massive and worldwide. As part of his plea, Kalantari admitted that he was a member of a financial fraud conspiracy that owned and operated numerous websites connected to the fraud scheme. The websites were used to sell stolen credit and debit card information that belonged to victims all over the world.
Through his websites, Kalantari sold approximately 2.5 million stolen credit and debit cards, with an intended loss amount valued at over $1.2 billion. At present, more than $35 million in actual losses have been confirmed with U.S companies. Discover card has confirmed more than $26 million in losses and American Express has confirmed nearly $5 million in losses.
Kalantari was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for access device fraud and 60 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit identity theft and access device fraud. His sentences are to be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $36.6 million in restitution.
Identity Theft in Arizona
Arizona has consistently been the state with the highest number of identity theft complaints, including theft of credit or debit card numbers, registered with the FTC. In fact, special task forces have been organized to arrest anyone suspected of stealing another person’s identity. Prosecutors are taking these crimes seriously. The government is aggressively seeking convictions. Arizona’s identity theft statute carries a presumptive term of imprisonment of 2.5 years.
In some cases mitigating factors exists that will allow for negotiation with the prosecutor for lesser charges. Mitigating factors may include drug or alcohol addiction, illegal immigration status, or psychological issues. In such cases, the state may choose to help the defendant instead of pursuing harsher punishment.
To get the best defense it is imperative that you hire an attorney knowledgeable with identity theft cases. Depending on the circumstances of the identity theft, a person my violate federal and/or state law. This means that if you are being accused of identity theft, you may face harsh prosecution in state or federal court.
If you have been accused of identity theft, we are prepared to defend your rights. Our attorneys will work hard to provide you with the best possible defense. There may be aspects of your case that can be challenged in court in the early stages, so it is essential that you contact us as soon as possible. For a case evaluation contact us via the web or call (480) 219-1366.