A Roseville man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for credit card fraud.
U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also ordered Vasilyevi Berezenko, 25, to make restitution to his victims and to perform 150 hours of community service work as part of his three-year term of supervised release following his time in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to court documents, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 23, 2011, Berezenko and do-defendant Michael Charles Ross, 29, of Folsom obtained multiple credit cards in the names of innocent victims and used those cards to obtain more than $80,000 in cash and merchandise from retailers and casinos in Northern California. An additional $35,000 in purchases and withdrawals were attempted.
Berezenko and Ross were stopped by Placer County sheriff's deputies on Aug. 23, 2011, after attempting to use a fraudulent credit card to buy $1,500 worth of beer and liquor. In Berezenko's truck at the time were a flat screen television, Xbox, computer monitor and a new bicycle. Each of the items, officials said, had been purchased with a fraudulent credit card. Additional fraudulently obtained items, including liquor, tools, generators and a bicycle, were found at Berezenko's residence.
Ross pleaded guilty to access device fraud on Feb. 20 and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Mueller on Aug. 7.
The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Placer County Sheriff's Department.