AMITYVILLE, NY — A Long Island woman was sentenced on Monday to nearly 8 years in prison and ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution for victimizing dozens of people in an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme, according to Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Lisa Reid, 47, of Amityville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 90 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Between February 2015 and January 2017, Reid was involved in a scheme to defraud credit card companies and their customers by fraudulently taking over credit card accounts and using those accounts to make unauthorized purchases from high-end retailers, Durham said.
As part of her scheme, Reid used publicly available information to find phone numbers for people living in affluent areas. She then called her victims pretending to be a representative of a credit card company and claiming that the company needed information about their account, according to Durham. The victims then provided Reid with their account information, including credit card numbers and passwords. She would then contact the credit card company, pretending to be the victim.
After providing all of the requested security information, she added a new phone number and address, typically providing an address to an abandoned or foreclosed property near her home, to the account, Durham said. She would then used the compromised credit card accounts to order merchandise from high-end retailers and had the items shipped to an address that she had previously added to the credit card account.Subscribe
After Reid, or a “runner,” retrieved the merchandise, she sold it at a pawnshop or to another person. Through this scheme, Reid stole the identities of more than 50 individuals, most of whom were senior citizens, and used their credit card information to purchase more than $1 million in merchandise. Victim credit card companies successfully thwarted $3.8 million worth of Reid’s attempted purchases. Shea ordered Reid to pay restitution in the amount of $1,009,235.69, according to Durham.
On December 20, 2016, federal agents executed a search warrant at Reid’s home and tried to arrest Reid, Durham said. However, investigators learned that Reid had fled to Florida where she committed another fraudulent credit card purchase of a $50,500 Cartier watch using a compromised account. She was then arrested on February 5, 2017, and has been detained since then. On November 7, 2017, Reid pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
In October 2010, Reid was convicted in the Eastern District of Kentucky of federal bank fraud and aggravated identity theft offenses, and was sentenced to 27 months of imprisonment and five years of supervised release. The convictions stemmed from a similar credit card takeover scheme that also defrauded victims of $1 million. Reid, who was on supervised release during her most recent criminal conduct, may face additional penalties in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
The Justice Department has established a National Elder Fraud Hotline to provide services to seniors who may be victims of financial fraud. The Hotline’s toll free number is 833-FRAUD-11 (833-372-8311).