A Federal Way man who was involved in a scheme that involved opening credit card accounts and stealing the cards from victims’ mailboxes was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 months in prison.
Elijah Chin, 28, was involved in a scheme in which credit card accounts were opened electronically using personal identifying information from Connecticut residents, according to a press release from the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John H. Durham. Once the credit card issuers mailed the cards to the victims’ home addresses, Chin took the cards from their mailboxes. He used the credit cards to buy gift cards, prepaid cards and other items totaling nearly $64,000 at various retail establishments in Connecticut.
The Wilton Police Department arrested Chin Feb. 22, 2017 on related state charges. During his arrest, he possessed numerous fraudulently issued credit and prepaid cards that he had purchased with the fraudulently obtained credit cards, the release continues. He also had mail addressed to Connecticut residents.
U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea ordered Chin to pay full restitution, as well as serve two years of supervised release following his prison sentence.
Chin pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identify theft on April 30.