A Los Angeles man was sentenced Monday to 48 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain American Express credit cards and use them to purchase more than half a million dollars worth of goods in Luxury stores.
Trace Jevon “Million Dollar” Jones, 33, was also ordered to pay $521,128 in restitution to American Express, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jones, who was in downtown Los Angeles when he was arrested in 2019, pleaded guilty in September 2020 to one federal count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and impersonation. aggravated identity.
According to prosecutors, between approximately November 2016 and July 2018, Jones led the scheme to obtain the credit cards and make unauthorized purchases at high-end retail stores. Jones and his co-conspirators stole credit information and other personal information from actual American Express account holders.
The group used this information to convince American Express to send replacement credit cards on behalf of the victims. They used the fraudulently obtained cards to make purchases at luxury stores such as Barneys, Goyard and Gucci in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa.
Four other defendants have already been convicted in this case. Terry Ellis Jr., 40, of Chino, and Davion Raymone Ellis, 32, of Eastvale, were sentenced to two years and three years, respectively, after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy and identity theft aggravated in this case.
Cherelle Daire Beal, 31, of Eastvale, and Miranda Clare Hensley, 31, of Las Vegas, were credited for time served and sentenced to three years of probation. Another defendant, Jonathan Randall Ross, 33, of Canoga Park, is expected to be sentenced in the coming weeks.