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An Annapolis man was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft related to schemes to defraud real estate agents and to steal credit card information.
The Department of Justice wrote in a release that Joseph R. Dominici, 31, was sentenced on Tuesday as one of three people who participated in the schemes.
Christina O. Price, 23, of Bowie, was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday on charges related to her involvement in the credit card fraud. Carlos Ledbetter, 31, of Annapolis, was sentenced to six months in prison last year for his involvement in the credit card scheme.
The office said Dominici, Price and Ledbetter participated in a credit card scheme where Price would use skimmers to steal credit card information from restaurant customers where she worked in Gambrills.
“Price then provided this stolen customer information to Dominici, who used special equipment to encode the stolen account information onto new ‘cloned’ credit cards,
” the office wrote. “Dominici and Carlos Ledbetter used the ‘cloned cards’ to purchase goods and services, primarily gift cards that can be used like cash.”
The office added the scheme resulted in more than $29,000 in losses to various businesses and individuals.
The real estate scheme is related to JJ Enterprises LLC, an Annapolis based business that claimed to provide real estate professionals with leads to sell homes.
“For a monthly fee of approximately $299, the websites would grant a real estate professional exclusive access to all leads generated on the websites associated with the real estate professional’s assigned geographic area,” the department wrote.
Prosecutors said that wasn’t the case and Dominici gave false information, including identities, cellphone numbers and email addresses to those agents while operating the site between March 2015 to October 2015.
He then gave cellphones to an employee of the company to fake their identities, the office said, adding that he faked testimonials from satisfied customers on the website.
The business managed to make nearly $900,000 from the scheme,
the office said. Part of the plea agreement will see Dominici forfeit funds from 13 bank accounts.