A Los Angeles man was sentenced Monday for 48 months to federal prison for his part in a scheme that fraudulently obtained American Express credit cards. He used them to buy luxury goods worth more than half a million dollars at luxury shops.
Trace Jevon “Million Dollar”According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jones, 33, was also required to pay $5211,128 as restitution for American Express.
Jones, who was an undocumented transient living in downtown Los Angeles in 2019 when he was detained in 2019, pleaded guilty to one federal count of conspiracy to commit fraud and aggravated theft in September 2020.
According to the prosecutors, Jones coordinated the scheme between November 2016 to July 2018 to obtain credit cards and make unauthorized purchase at high-end retailers. Jones and his accomplices stole credit care information and other personal data of American Express account holders.
That information was used by the group to convince American Express that they would send replacement credit cards to victims’ names. They used the cards they fraudulently obtained to buy luxury goods at places like Barneys in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, Gucci and Goyard in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Costa Mesa.
The case has already seen the sentencing of four other defendants. Terry Ellis Jr., age 40, from Chino and Davion Raymone Ellis (32), from Eastvale were sentenced to two and three years respectively after pleading guilty in this case to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges.
Cherelle Daire Belal, 31, from Eastvale, was given credit for time served. Miranda Clare Hensley (31, of Las Vegas) was sentenced to three years of supervised freedom. Jonathan Randall Ross (33), of Canoga Park is due to be sentenced in coming weeks.