A Ronkonkoma man led a counterfeit credit card ring whose participants made more than $200,000 in purchases with forged charge cards at stores in five states, prosecutors said Friday.
Ramsey “Rambo” Sutton, 23, was among 11 people indicted by a Queens County grand jury on multiple charges including conspiracy, larceny, forgery and criminal possession, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s office.
The defendants made the purchases from October 2016 through April 2017 during several shopping trips to stores including Target at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream and another Target at Roosevelt Field in East Garden City, prosecutors said.
Purchases of gift cards, electronics, cosmetics and other merchandise were also made in New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia and Maryland at stores including Sephora and Apple, prosecutors said.
“The defendants’ alleged crimes not only victimized department stores — costing those businesses thousands of dollars in losses — but also the consumers whose personal information were stolen and used to carry out the alleged scheme,” Brown said in a news release. “Even after the alleged culprits are prosecuted, the individual victims will still face difficulty in repairing their credit ratings and credit scores.”
Prosecutors said a court-authorized wiretap of Sutton’s phone and on the mobile devices of other defendants “revealed numerous conversations about purchasing stolen credit card information online and using the data to forge usable credit cards.”
Sutton, who is purported to be a member of the Mac Ballas gang, an offshoot of the Bloods, was ordered held on $250,000 bail. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.
Sutton also was charged in a criminal complaint with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of forgery devices, prosecutors said. His bail in that case was set at $15,000.