Florida women commit fraud, spend $ 100,000 on surgery
Two South Florida women were sentenced to federal prison after spending more than $ 100,000 on plastic surgery and other cosmetic services with fraudulent credit cards, according to the Miami Attorney’s Office. .
Coconut Creek resident Sheena Caesar, 35, and Coral Springs resident Dekita Bellamy, 37, used more than ten of the victim’s social security numbers to apply for credit cards. From March to September 2018, they used the fraudulent cards for their own personal alterations and also provided the cards to seven other women, who paid a fee – usually half the cost of the procedure.
Federal prosecutors say this is how Bellamy and his accomplices got away with it.
First, they say Bellamy developed profiles using fake Social Security numbers, as well as accomplices’ real names and birthdays. Next, Bellamy obtained the victim’s names, social security numbers, date of birth and addresses to apply for credit cards. She used the fake accounts as primary applicants and the victim’s real identities as co-applicants. Bellamy then charged each user half the price of the cosmetic procedure to use the card.
Caesar and Bellamy have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to an indictment. Caesar was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months in federal prison with over $ 82,000 in casualties, while Bellamy was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months with almost $ 95,000 in casualties. The two sentences will be followed by 3 years of supervised release.
The seven accomplices were charged and pleaded guilty as part of the scheme. Shenika Denise Myers, a Lauderhill resident, 37, pleaded guilty in September to aggravated identity theft and is awaiting sentencing. Coconut Creek resident Sayyada Samira Whiters, 33, and Cape Coral resident, Trenasha Lashay Johnson, 36, both pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and a aggravated identity theft. Both await their judgment.
Ft. Lauderdale resident Janiqua Oliphant, 31, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and was sentenced in October to two years. Pompano Beach resident Sheena White, 35, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and was sentenced in September to two years. Nikki Butler, a 40-year-old Pompano Beach resident, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit access device fraud and was sentenced in September to 3 years of supervised release. Lucretia Ford, a Coconut Creek resident, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud and was sentenced in June to 3 years probation.