Essex County man admits to conspiring to defraud banks over $ 250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks from postal system | USAO-NJ
NEWARK, NJ – A man in Essex County, New Jersey today admitted to conspiring to defraud two banks over $ 250,000 using stolen credit cards and blank checks, a announced interim US lawyer Rachael A. Honig.
Qshaun Brown-Guinyard, 27, of Newark, pleaded guilty by videoconference before US District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to a report accusing him of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made to the court:
From August 2018 to January 2020, Brown-Guinyard and his conspirators engaged in a scheme to use credit cards and stolen checks to fraudulently make purchases and withdraw money from two banks, leaving the banks bear the losses of the scheme. The credit cards were stolen from facilities used by the US Postal Service in Pine Brook and Warren, New Jersey. Because the cards were stolen, they never reached the affected cardholders. After obtaining the stolen cards, Brown-Guinyard and his conspirators used them to make unauthorized purchases at various retail stores and withdraw money from automated teller machines (ABMs) in New Jersey and elsewhere.
Blank checks were also stolen from various New Jersey post offices and never reached their recipients. Once obtained, Brown-Guinyard and his conspirators changed the date, payee and amount of the stolen checks prior to deposit. He and his conspirators would then fraudulently withdraw money from various ATMs of the accounts of third-party account holders.
Four of Brown-Guinyard’s conspirators – Nasheed Jackson, Alexander Varice, Dashawn Duncan and Allen Varice – have pleaded guilty in the past two months to identical information, and they are expected to be sentenced in July and August 2021.
The charge of conspiring to commit bank fraud carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 1,000,000. Sentencing is scheduled for September 15, 2021.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited U.S. Postal Inspection Service inspectors, under the direction of Acting Chief Inspector Rodney M. Hopkins in Newark, with the investigation that resulted in the guilty plea today.
The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Blake Coppotelli of the Economic Crimes Unit of the US Attorney’s Office in Newark.