Two South Florida Women Sentenced to Federal Prison for Orchestrating Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy | USAO-SDFL
Miami, Florida – Two South Florida women were convicted yesterday for their role in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain credit cards that they and others used to purchase more than $ 100,000 in personal cosmetic services .
Sheena Ceasar, 35, of Coconut Creek, and Dekita Bellamy, 37, of Coral Springs, were each sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman to jail terms of 44 months and 32 months, respectively, each prison sentence being followed by three years of supervised release. Justice Altman ordered the forfeiture and return of $ 82,151.50 for Ceasar and $ 94,968 for Bellamy. Both defendants had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, as one indictment accuses.
Bellamy and Ceasar carried out the conspiracy by stealing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from unsuspecting victims, including names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth, to apply for and receive credit cards. In addition to using the credit cards to purchase cosmetic services for themselves, the defendants reaped ill-gotten gains by providing the cards to co-conspirators so that they could purchase expensive cosmetic services in return for them. a royalty, which was typically half the value of the desired product. service. Seven other accomplices were charged and pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to this criminal activity:
- Shenika Denise Myers, 37, of Lauderhill, Fla., Pleaded guilty on September 3, 2021 to aggravated identity theft and is awaiting sentencing.
- Sayyada Samira Whiters, 33, of Coconut Creek, Fla., Pleaded guilty on August 13, 2021 to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft and is awaiting sentencing.
- Trenasha Lashay Johnson, 36, of Cape Coral, Fla., Has pleaded guilty until August 3, 2021 to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft and is awaiting sentencing.
- Janiqua Oliphant, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and was sentenced on October 14, 2020 to 24 months in prison.
- Sheena White, 35, of Pompano Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and was sentenced on September 24, 2020 to 24 months in jail.
- Nikki Butler, 40, of Pompano Beach, Fla., Pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit access device fraud and was sentenced on September 15, 2020 to 3 years of supervised release, including 360 days house arrest.
- Lucretia Ford, 31, of Coconut Creek, Fla., Pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and was sentenced on June 3, 2020 to 3 years probation.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, made the announcement. The USSS Miami investigated the cases, with assistance from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Snider is pursuing the cases.
Court documents and related information are available on the South Florida District Court website at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov Or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov, under file numbers 19-cr-60380 (United States v. Dekita Bellamy et al.), 21-cr-60063 (United States v. Shenika Denise Myers), 21-cr-60062 (United States v. Sayyada Samira Whiters), 20-c-60079 (United States v. Trenasha Lashay Johnson), 19-cr-60361 (United States v. Sheena white), 19-cr-60356 (United States v. Nikki butler) and 19-cr-60357 (United States v. Lucretia Ford).