An Allegheny County judge sentenced an eastern Pennsylvania male to three to six years in state jail Monday for leading an identity theft ring that used hundreds of fake charge card and IDs.
Lovell A. Davis III, 36, of Havertown, Delaware County, pleaded guilty to 69 counts of access device fraud, 18 counts of forgery, 10 counts of identity theft and one count each of handling the proceeds from unlawful activity and corrupt companies prior to Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III.
Detectives stated Davis was the leader of a group that produced counterfeit charge card and matching counterfeit ID cards in Philadelphia, then utilized those cards to protect cashcash loan from banks and make deceitful transactions. Cash from those deals spent for high-end products like shoes and bags, hotel stays and vacations, including one journey for 12 people to Hersheypark. He had co-conspirators coming from or working in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Nevada and California, according to a statement from the Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Office, which prosecuted the case.
In Allegheny County, one of Davis co-conspirators was apprehended at a North Fayette bank in March 2014 after unsuccessfully tryingaiming to get a $1,500 cashcash loan using a counterfeit Kentucky drivers permit and fake charge card, according to the criminal complaint.
The female, who later recognized herself as a previous woman of the street from Las Vegas, informed detectives she and another co-conspirator had traveled throughout the state from Philadelphia, acquiring cash advances and making purchases with the fake credit cards along the way. From the garbage at the bank where she was detained, cops recuperated 16 fake charge card and 4 fake IDs.
The complaint said detectives traced the womans phone records to Davis, who she said had actually hired her in Las Vegas, paid for her to travel to Philadelphia, offered her with the cards and shown her the best ways to utilize them in exchange for 70 percent of the money she obtained. Bank records, company records and rental car records all confirmed her recollection of events.
Another witness named in the grievance, a former specialist for the Pittsburgh Embossing Co., told private investigators hed sold Davis a credit-card embossing device online. He likewise repaired Davis devices or offered him extra parts made needed by the reality that Davis was obviously wearing out the embossing devices by making more than the producers advised 50 cards per day.
The fake cards were connected to multiple victims genuine savings account, so purchases and cash advances under the fake names on the cards were credited other peoplesother individuals accounts. Detectives said Davis and his family also utilized the faked cards personally making purchases of groceries, gas and clothing.
Davis was arrested at his home in October 2014.
Investigators from seven territories in 6 counties cooperated with the Office of the Lawyer General on the case, which was combined in Allegheny County as part of Daviss plea deal, Lawyer Generals Workplace representative Jeffrey Johnson said.
Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer.