North Hollywood man sentenced to seven years for credit card scam

first_imgA North Hollywood man who stole the identities of college students to open credit card accounts and ran up more than $400,000 in charges was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison, authorities said. Victor Igbineweka, 26, a Belgian national who is a Nigeria native, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. He also was ordered to pay more than $411,000 in restitution to the banks he defrauded. On Sept. 6, Igbineweka pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He admitted setting up a “front” business in North Hollywood called Veromege Paintings in order to target USC and UCLA students. Igbineweka’s store displayed mass-produced paintings in the front window to make the business appear legitimate, prosecutors said. But the business’ actual purpose was to obtain credit card merchant accounts so Igbineweka could accept payments by credit card, prosecutors said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ One witness saw Igbineweka gain access to a USC dormitory, where he stole mail from the “return to sender” bin, according to prosecutors. Igbineweka used pre-approved credit card applications to apply for cards in the names of the various college students, prosecutors said. After obtaining numerous credit cards in the names of dozens of students, Igbineweka charged more than $400,000 in transactions through his business. He then wired much of the money to Nigeria and other countries. When authorities arrested Igbineweka in March and searched apartment, they discovery of hundreds of pre-approved credit card applications and the personal information of hundreds of people, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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