Financial Fraud: Brendyn Brendyn Andrew Sentenced to Prison for nearly three years for Vending Machine Scam; 8 Rutgers Football Players Used Dark Web to Scam Credit Card Holders
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
According to court documents, Brendyn J. Andrew, 27, of Gaithersburg, Md., aided by a co-conspirator, used hundreds of stolen credit and debit card accounts to steal more than $150,000. In one part of the fraud scheme, Andrew obtained a full-size snack vending machine and created multiple bogus shell companies to pose as a legitimate snack-vending merchant. He then used his computer to encode stolen credit and debit card numbers onto blank cards, and executed fictitious transactions by swiping the newly encoded cards through the vending machine’s credit card payment terminal.
Since the fictitious transactions appeared to be legitimate vending charges, Andrew caused the victim financial institutions to charge customers and electronically transfer the proceeds into accounts Andrew controlled.
Court documents also show that Andrew and his co-conspirator used stolen credit and debit card numbers and customer account information to make numerous fraudulent purchases from various merchants in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Those fraudulent purchases included a 50-round ammunition drum from a Northern Virginia firearms retailer. Andrew carried out the scheme while on probation, and he continued the fraud despite multiple fraud arrests in Maryland and Virginia.
In addition to the sentence of 33 months in prison, Andrew was ordered to forfeit a 2013 Mercedes Benz, a handgun, and firearms accessories, items he had purchased with proceeds from the fraud. Andrew also was ordered to pay restitution.
Brendyn Jamaal Andrew entered a guilty plea to theft under $10,000 on May 19, 2016 in Montgomery County District Court in a plea deal with the Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy. THE DEAL: restitution of $1,600 was ordered to be paid to the victim, and Andrew was sentenced to ten years in prison with all of the jail time suspended. Paola A Gnocchi was the attorney for Andrew, according to court records.
Andrew racked up a lot of traffic charges with the now-forfeited Mercedes – which will no longer be a problem since he is in the slammer and the wheels are property of the Treasury Department.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Brian J. Ebert, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Washington Field Office, Matthew J. DeSarno, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office, and M. Jay Farr, Arlington County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Leonard O. Evans prosecuted the case.
FINANCIAL FRAUD A TEAM EFFORT: Eight Rutgers’ football players charged in credit card scheme
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEW JERSEY – Credit card fraud was a team effort at Rutgers University, according to prosecutors and all those charged are first offenders and likely will see their trip to prison short-circuited by a New Jersey program for intervention for this squad of heavy-set scamsters.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Kenneth Cop of the Rutgers University Police Department announced on Aug. 22, 2018, that eight men, including one from Northern Virginia, were charged for their involvement in a credit card fraud scheme with multiple victims, which occurred while the defendants were students at Rutgers University.
The charges stem from an active and continuing investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Rutgers University Police Department.
Following an intensive investigation which began in the spring of 2018, the defendants were each charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception in the third degree.
CREDIT CARD SCAM A TEAM EFFORT FOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Those charged include Kai J. Gray, 21, of Union, New Jersey; Brendan R. Devera, 18, of Totowa, New Jersey; Naijee R. Jones, 18, of Erial, New Jersey; Edwin A. Lopez, 19, of Camden, New Jersey; Kwabena Marfo, 21, of Alexandria, Virginia; Christian C. Onyechi, 19, of West Orange, New Jersey; Syhiem Simmons, 20, of Brooklyn, New York; and Malik Vaccaro-Dixon, 21, of Port Charlotte, Florida.
Kai J. Gray was also charged with promoting organized street crime in the second degree and money laundering in the third degree.
Brendan R. Devera was additionally charged with promoting organized street crime in the second degree, money laundering in the third degree, and fraudulent use of credit cards in the third degree.
Naijee R. Jones and Christian C. Onyechi have also been charged with fraudulent use of credit cards in the third degree.
In addition, Edwin A. Lopez, Kwabena Marfo, Syhiem Simmons, and Malik Vaccaro-Dixon have all been charged with money laundering in the third degree and fraudulent use of credit cards in the third degree.
The investigation determined that between April 22, 2018 and May 3, 2018, the defendants participated in an illegal credit card fraud scheme in which they obtained credit card numbers belonging to others without their consent or authorization and transferred funds to various RU (Rutgers’s University) Express Accounts for personal use.
UPDATE: Eight were enough - TEAM CROOKS APPLY FOR FIRST TIME OFFENDER INTERVENTION TO AVOID TIME IN PRISON
NEW BRUNSWICK — The eight men who were either dismissed or suspended from the Rutgers football team last summer for their alleged roles in a credit-card fraud scheme are expected to be accepted into pre-trial intervention (PTI), a program that allows first-time offenders of crimes to avoid jail time.
Brendan Devera, Kai “K.J.’’ Gray, Malik Vaccaro-Dixon, Edwin Lopez, Kwabena “Kobe” Marfo, Syhiem Simmons, Christian "C.J.'' Onyechi and Naijee Jones had their arraignment hearings Thursday before Judge Pedro Jimenez at the Middlesex County Courthouse.
The players were accused of stealing credit card numbers and transferring funds from various Rutgers University Express Accounts for their own personal use.
Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Russell Curley told Jimenez the state is supporting PTI contingent on all eight being accepted and if full restitution is made.
Jimenez scheduled a status conference for Feb. 28.
Gray is scheduled to appear in court on October 11,
Dixon, Jones, Lopez, Marfo, Onyechi, and Simmons are scheduled to have their first appearance in Middlesex County Superior Court on September 13, 2018.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Megan Moschberger of the Rutgers University Police Department at (732) 932-7111, or Detective Christopher Van Eerde of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300.