Local police praised in fraud case conviction
Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ANTOINE NARCISSE, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe for conspiracy to commit access device fraud.
According to court documents, NARCISSE and the other defendants engaged in a scheme to obtain merchandise and cash from stores through fraud. The defendants obtained stolen credit and debit card information, encoded it onto cards, and then used that information to purchase items at stores. The defendants would then return the items at a different store of the same chain, but they would deceive store workers in order to have the chargeback credited to their own own bank accounts. Court documents also detail how NARCISSE took flights with two other co-conspirators to perform fraudulent credit card transactions in various cities in the United States, including Portland, Oregon; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Cincinnati, Ohio. NARCISSE was also arrested in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Franklin, Tennessee, while committing credit card fraud.
In addition to the sentence of 18 months in prison, NARCISSE was sentenced to two years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the agencies that contributed to this conviction, which represents a coordinated effort of federal and state law enforcement authorities within the Louisiana Financial Crimes Task Force. The Task Force includes representatives from the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, New Orleans Police Department, Covington Police Department, Hammond Police Department, Kenner Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Mandeville Police Department, Slidell Police Department, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. John The Baptist Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. State Department, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. U.S. Attorney Strasser also thanked the Franklin (TN) Police Department, the Mobile Police Department, the Gulfport Police Department, the Minnetonka (MN) Police Department, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for their assistance. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew R. Payne and K. Paige O’Hale are in charge of the prosecution.