A 23-year-old man allegedly made fraudulent purchases at several T-Mobile stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey using a closed credit card account recently. His purchases for iPhones and accessories totaled more than $16,000. Consequently, he was charged with numerous counts of access device fraud and theft.
The man allegedly purchased 22 iPhone 5s cell phones and related accessories for the phones between July 3 and July 24. He allegedly made the fraudulent purchases in each instance by telling the employees that there was something wrong with his account, so instead of swiping his card, the card number digits had to be entered manually in the machine. Most of the transactions were between $700 and $800 each.
The man's Visa credit card account that he used to make the purchases was reportedly closed on June 3. The man was arrested on July 26 in Lower Merion Township shortly before 11 a.m. He had two outstanding warrants for other unrelated fraud offenses, and he was driving a rented Toyota Avalon when police found him. Police officers reported that they recovered two iPhone 5s cell phones, an iPad, a California personal identification card, a Metro bank Visa card and T-Mobile sim cards from the man.
If the man is convicted of his offenses, he could have to serve a jail sentence. He could also have to serve a probation sentence and pay fines, fees, court costs and restitution to the stores he made fraudulent charges from. A criminal lawyer could represent the man in criminal court and help him negotiate a more favorable sentence with the prosecution. For example, a lawyer might be able to secure the man a shorter jail sentence if he agrees to enroll in a credit management program.
Source: Upper Dublin Patch, "Man Fraudulently Purchases $16K in iPhones and Accessories, Police Say", Leann Pettit, October 04, 2013