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Eleven people have been charged this week for their alleged roles in a credit card fraud ring based in south Queens that prosecutors say is connected to a violent street gang, prosecutors announced on Friday.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the suspects took stolen credit card information and embedded it onto phony Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards that were then used to purchase expensive, high-tech items and high-end cosmetics from stores across the tri-state area and the Eastern Seaboard.

Through a lengthy investigation, police identified Ramsey “Rambo” Sutton, 23, of Ronkonkoma, NY, as the ring leader; he was identified as a reputed member of the Mac Bellas, which Brown said is an off-shoot of the Bloods gang. In court-authorized wiretaps, Sutton was allegedly recorded informing his partners in the ring numerous times about the credit cards’ production.

The forged cards were then provided to male and female shoppers associated with the theft ring, who then went out and purchased electronics including Apple iPads. Between October 2016 and February of this year, Brown said, the shoppers obtained more than $50,000 in cosmetics, gift cards and other items in visits to Sephora stores across New York, Connecticut, Virginia and Maryland.

Law enforcement sources said the ring participants also used the fake cards to purchase more than $200,000 in merchandise from various Target and Best Buy stories in Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island and West Nyack, NY.

Prosecutors said the forged cards were produced out of the Rosedale home of Jordan Clarke, 26, which also served as a warehouse where the ring’s shoppers dropped off their stolen loot, which was then distributed among the defendants.

“The defendants’ alleged crimes not only victimized department stores … but also the consumers whose personal information were stolen and used to carry out the alleged scheme,” Brown said in a statement on June 2. “Even after the alleged culprits are prosecuted, the individual victims will still face difficulty in repairing their credit ratings and credit scores. The financial repercussions from being a victim of identity theft can last for years.”

As part of the indictment, police raided this week three locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Ronkonkoma connected to the ring, seizing in total four firearms, ammunition, 81 counterfeit credit cards, 43 oxycodone pills, 25 morphine sulfate pills, credit card faces, a bulletproof vest, an expandable baton, a flash drive containing instructions on how create phony credit cards, 150 templates for credit cards, three card readers, a credit card embossing machine and a manual credit card imprinter.

Sutton, Clarke and the following six individuals were arraigned on June 1 on a 139-count indictment charging them variously with criminal possession of stolen property, grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, conspiracy, petit larceny and falsifying business records:

  • Alijah (aka A.J.) Moore, 24, of Laurelton;
  • Asha Patterson, 22, of Queens Village;
  • Cheyenne Tucker, 22, of Cambria Heights;
  • Clarence Baugh, 23, of Cambria Heights;
  • Dnaya Neblett, 24, of Springfield Gardens;
  • Dominique Payne, 23, of Queens Village.

Two other suspects named in the indictment remain at large: Cori Parham, 30, of Jamaica, and Chelsea Taitt, 19, of South Ozone Park. One other individual, Jelani (aka Bucks) Bailey, 26, of Cambria Heights is currently incarcerated outside of New York state on an unrelated matter.

Three other individuals were arrested this week as police executed search warrants at locations connected to the credit card fraud ring: Andre Pilgrim, 43, of Brooklyn; Jillian Obasa, 22, of Rosedale; and Jodiann Oyeshola, 24, of Stafford, TX. They were each charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of forgery devices.

If convicted, all of the suspects face up to 7 to 15 years behind bars if convicted.

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joe June 03, 2017 / 08:26AM
No big surprise that this whole counterfeit credit card ring was based in the dirty Southeast Queens, most of the hood rats were from Greater Jamaica Area and the house used was based in Rosedale, which I am sure people were going in and out for some time, while residents probably looked the other way. Eight of the hood rats were from the Greater Jamaica area, since that is the known breeding ground for hood rats in Queens. If convicted, all of the suspects face up to 7 to 15 years behind bars if convicted, but what about the BIG HOOD RAT, Councilman Ruben Wills, up on corruption charges, you think if convicted he will get 7 to 15, I doubt it, even though he should get more. Yet this scumbag is still going to run for re-election and if any of you idiots vote for him, you deserve to have the fucking ghetto you got. Seems there are two standards for the average common hood rats and the corrupt political gangster hood rats in SE Queens. BUT I still feel the big news that only The Daily News has reported, is the kidnapping and pimping out of a 15 year old girl by Joseph Gilbert in Rev. Floyd Flake’s Allen Cathedral Senior Residence on Merrick Blvd, where this poor girl was pimped out for FOUR MONTHS (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/man-busted-allegedly-kidnapping-pimping-girl-15-nyc-article-1.3214154). AND all that time, no one suspected anything, a 28 year old hood rat, a 15 year go and a whole bunch of Johns in a senior residence building. Wonder who were the johns, probably a bunch of hypocritical church folks. The dirty SE Queens just keeps getting dirtier and nastier from the bottom to the top of the cream. https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
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