HAMMOND — Two Gary residents have entered into plea agreements in connection with their alleged involvement in a credit card scheme.
Darryl Hall pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Hammond to charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft after entering into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. The maximum penalty on the first charge is 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The maximum penalty on the second charge is two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the plea agreement, he is entitled to a reduction in his offense level for accepting responsibility. Hall's sentencing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. March 26.
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Jakiya Buford also has entered into a plea agreement in which she said she will plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. The first charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine and the second charge a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison and a $250,000 charge. According to the plea agreement, she is also entitled to a reduction in offense level for accepting responsibility.
In Buford's plea agreement, she acknowledged that between May and August 2015 she worked with Hall to make and use counterfeit credit cards to purchase goods. Hall admitted to purchasing unauthorized personal information, including names and credit card numbers, from a website and using the information to create counterfeit credit cards.
The government contended in its indictment that the goods purchased were later sold at discounted prices.