A former U.S. Navy man from Lemoore could spend 17 years in prison if he’s found guilty of the charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jarrod M. Langford, 25 of Orlando, Fla. was arrested in Florida on Friday after a federal grand jury in Fresno indicted him of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert said.
Langford was assigned as an aviation electrician’s mate at the U.S. Navy air station in Lemoore from 2011 to 2015. According to court documents, during that time, he worked with others to collect and use credit card account numbers to buy and resell Internet voucher codes that were redeemable for items like wristwatches, jewelry and computer software.
The former navy man used a variety of methods to steal peoples’ information, which included buying the information online.
In 2012, Langford is believed to have had more than 2,500 records of credit card account numbers and the card holders’ personal information — names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Langford is accused of stealing roughly $340,000 in unauthorized voucher codes from websites such as Groupon, Living Social and KGB.
He was able to go unnoticed by authorities for more than four years because he had installed an app on his computer that established a virtual private network, VPN, officials said.
According to the indictment filed by Talbert, there are five victims that are known to the grand jury.
The case was investigated by the FBI with the help of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Baker.
If convicted, Langford faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy charges, 10 years for fraud and an additional two years for aggravated identity theft and a $250,000 fine.