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Norfolk man pleads guilty to fraud, identity theft as part of scheme targeting Virginia ABC stores

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Posted at 9:13 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 09:13:08-05

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A Norfolk man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft as part of a scheme to buy alcohol for resale from Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) stores with stolen debit and credit card numbers.

Court documents say Tyrell Jackson, 44, joined together with three other men to defraud Virginia ABC stores by using debit and credit cards re-encoded with the stolen financial information of identity theft victims. Investigators have identified 20 direct victims of identity theft from Jackson’s role in the conspiracy and at least 82 victims of the broader conspiracy.

Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24, 2021.

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The conspiracy to commit wire fraud offense carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, and the aggravated identity theft offense carries a mandatory two years in prison.

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