- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Four Rochester men have been sentenced for running an identity theft ring that rang up more than $400,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Shawn Smith, Odell Edwards, Sebastian Ferrell and Courtney Campbell-Cooper have received federal prison sentences ranging from more than two years to nearly 6½ years.

Prosecutors say the Secret Service started an investigation two years ago this month into reports of access device fraud and identity theft in the Rochester area. U.S. Postal Service inspectors and local police were also involved in the probe into fraudulently obtained credit cards issued by Discover.

Officials say the four men used authorized credit card user’s information to obtain additional cards that were used to make store purchases and cash withdrawals totaling more than $435,000.


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