An Elk Grove man has been sentenced to prison for identity theft and credit card fraud.
Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. today sentenced 23-year-old Thang Quoc Nguyen to seven years and eight months in prison for three counts of credit card fraud and two counts of aggravated identify theft, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
Nguyen fraudulently used credit cards issued to other people to make online purchases, according to court documents. He frequently purchased expensive items, listed himself as authorized to make a third-party pickup of merchandise and took delivery of thousands of dollars worth of goods before the fraud was detected and the sales were canceled.
Authorities said Nguyen also purchased vouchers for airline travel and sold them for cash before the airlines discovered the fraud and canceled the airline reservations, resulting in a loss to the consumers who had paid him cash for the vouchers.
According to court documents, Nguyen, in the course of the scheme, attempted to make more than $787,000 in fraudulent purchases, using the identities of dozens of consumers and resulting in financial losses to more than 50 online businesses.
The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service.