-- A defendant sentenced to prison last week in an online identity theft and credit card trafficking case received another prison sentence Wednesday in a separate identity theft case, federal prosecutors said Friday.
“Some defendants never learn,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Lofton thought he could get away with continuing his criminal operation in the halfway house, but thanks to sophisticated law enforcement efforts, he will now be serving two more years in prison.”
Michael Lofton, aka “Killit” and “Lofeazy”, 36, of Las Vegas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Mahan to two years in prison that will run consecutively to the 63-month sentence he received May 22. Lofton pleaded guilty in January to one count of aggravated identity theft, admitting he conspired with others to unlawfully use and traffic in access devices, such as debit and credit cards.
“Some defendants never learn,” Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said. “Lofton thought he could get away with continuing his criminal operation in the halfway house, but thanks to sophisticated law enforcement efforts, he will now be serving two more years in prison.”
On Dec. 30, 2012, Lofton fraudulently obtained an iPad, iPad docking station, iPad case and Kindle Fire HD by using an unauthorized credit account number. He committed the crime while residing in a Las Vegas halfway house awaiting trial in another identity theft and financial fraud case dubbed Operation Open Market.
In Operation Open Market, Lofton pleaded guilty to participating in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization, Carder.su
. Prosecutors said the organization operated a website and trafficked in compromised credit card account data and counterfeit identifications. The organization also committed money laundering, narcotics trafficking and various types of computer crime, according to the government. Prosecutors charged 56 individuals in the case.
The cases were investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Secret Service. Prosecution is being led by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Frayn and Andrew Duncan, and Trial Attorney Jonathan Ophardt of the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Gang Section.