Georgia man sentenced for Boise credit card scam

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 13:04:57-04

Kyandre Banks, 27, of Lilburn, Georgia, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for committing wire fraud and identity theft, according to U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson.

He was the eighth person to be sentenced in the fraud ring.

Banks pleaded guilty on February 18 of this year. 

Visiting U.S. District Judge Stan Bastian also ordered Banks to pay $22,679.54 in restitution along with the other co-defendants, and to forfeit $49,953.41 in cash proceeds from the offense.  

According to court proceedings, Banks admitted traveling to the Idaho with his co-defendants in October of 2014, for the purpose of making fraudulent purchases of gift cards and prepaid debit cards from retail stores, using stolen credit card numbers encoded onto stock debit cards. 

Banks admitted to obtaining the stock debit cards encoded with unauthorized credit card numbers, and making purchases at retail stores in early October.

Banks further admitted going to three separate retail stores, buying eleven gift cards, pre-paid debits cards and personal toiletries, and using six different credit card numbers that he was not authorized to use. 

Investigators recovered the Bank’s suitcase and backpack which contained a total of 27 gift cards.

Banks was indicted with nine others -- Terrance Barimah of Floranceville, Georgia; Clarence Collins of Douglasville, Georgia; Rashine Kale of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Jean Estinville of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Charles Moore of Stone Mountain, Georgia; Jonathan Penn of Suwanee, Georgia; Brian Treadwell of Buford, Georgia; Mikki Williams of Loganville, Georgia; and Rakeen Anderson, of Atlanta, Georgia, on charges relating to a wire fraud and identity theft scheme. 

Collins, Banks, Estinville, Kale, Moore, Penn, Williams and Treadwell were each charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.  Anderson was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.  Barimah was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and illegal possession of device-making equipment.

All except Barimah have since been sentenced. He is set to be sentenced on July 20.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Boise Police Department