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Man admits more than $300,000 in purchases on stolen credit cards

A Buffalo man has admitted that he conspired with others to steal credit cards and make more than $300,000 worth of unauthorized purchases on victims' accounts.

Randy Jarrett, 45, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Between July and December of 2013, Jarrett conspired with Ricky Butler, Tamika Favors, and his mother, Catherine Jarrett, to fraudulently obtain and use unauthorized credit cards, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse.

Butler used the actual account holder’s personal identifying information and account access information to contact financial institutions and have new or replacement credit cards issued to various addresses in Western New York, Kresse said.

During the course of the scheme, 17 unauthorized credit cards were mailed to properties that were owned or controlled by Jarrett and his mother. Those credit cards were used by Randy Jarrett and the other conspirators to either make or attempt to make purchases that totaled more than $330,000 at various Walmart stores and other retail establishments.

Favors and Catherine Jarrett have both been convicted in the case and waiting to be sentenced.

Randy Jarrett is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30 by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo.

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