Date: May 29, 2020
NEW ORLEANS – Keyira Gable a resident of Harvey, Louisiana, pleaded guilty May 28, 2020 before U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
According to court documents, Gable and the other defendants engaged in a scheme to obtain merchandise and cash from stores through fraud. The defendants obtained stolen credit and debit card information, encoded it onto cards, and then used that information to purchase items at stores. The defendants would then return the items at a different store of the same chain, but they would deceive store workers in order to have the chargeback credited to their own bank accounts. Court documents also detail how, in June 2017, Gable was arrested by Slidell Police Department officers at a Kay Jewelers store while attempting to conduct a fraudulent transaction using stolen identification and stolen credit card information.
Gable pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud, for which she faces a maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment. Gable also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two years of imprisonment to be served consecutively with any other sentence. Both counts also carry a maximum of fine of up to $250,000.00, or twice the gross gain or gross loss caused by this scheme. Sentencing is set for September 3, 2020, before Judge Ashe.
This investigation was conducted by the Louisiana Financial Crimes Task Force. The Task Force includes representatives the from Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Louisiana Attorney General's Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, New Orleans Police Department, Slidell Police Department, Covington Police Department, Hammond Police Department, Kenner Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Mandeville Police Department, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, St. John The Baptist Sheriff's Office, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Tammany Parish District Attorney's Office, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. State Department, Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. The Franklin (TN) Police Department, the Mobile Police Department, the Gulfport Police Department, the Minnetonka (MN) Police Department, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office assisted in the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew R. Payne and K. Paige O'Hale are in charge of the prosecution.