New Orleans man sentenced to nine years in federal prison for massive credit card fraud | USAO-EDLA


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – June 30, 2022 U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon Sentenced MAURICE DURIOThe 42-year-old from New Orleans spent 108 months in federal prison for his role in a massive credit card fraud scheme, US attorney Duane A. Evans said.

According to court records, DURIO had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of credit card fraud. In a sworn factual basis, DURIO admitted that he started manufacturing fraudulent credit cards in New Orleans before eventually renting office space in an office park in Houston to expand his business. He outfitted the space with equipment used to make fraudulent credit cards. Over the next few years, DURIO and his co-defendant, EDWARD TOLIVER, who also operated a card manufacturing plant in the same office park, obtained hundreds of thousands of stolen credit card numbers from various sources, including a hacker that TOLIVER had met in prison and buying them on the dark web.

DURIO and TOLIVER, with the help of several co-conspirators, created and/or downloaded credit card templates onto laptop computers and transferred the stolen credit card numbers into the templates, which were then used to create tens of thousands of fraudulent access devices. Cards would usually be printed in batches with the same name appearing on many cards. The name was usually the real name of a co-conspirator. The cards were engraved with numbers and the corresponding account information was encoded on the strips on the back of the cards. The names of the co-conspirators/users of the fraudulent cards did not match the real account holders, who had not authorized the use of their accounts. DURIO and TOLIVER distributed thousands of fraudulent access devices to many people who then used them to fraudulently obtain valuables including merchandise and gift cards.

The Secret Service, with the assistance of local law enforcement, has investigated numerous instances where individuals were caught with cards made at the Houston factories operated by DURIO and TOLIVER. Officers were able to link these card seizures to the factories where DURIO and TOLIVER made the cards in several ways.

In July 2014, a federal search warrant was executed at the Houston office park and officers seized equipment manufacturing equipment including high-end embossers, scanners and printers, thousands of cards and a laptop. The computer contained approximately 80,000 card numbers in files, along with spreadsheets used to move card numbers from the text files they entered when obtained via the dark web to credit cards real. Officers also obtained other laptops used by DURIO and TOLIVER containing approximately 300,000 additional card numbers.

The scheme used various methods to monetize fraudulent credit card production. First, DURIO and TOLIVER would simply sell cards. The buyer would pay them a set amount and then keep whatever they could buy with the cards. Second, DURIO and TOLIVER would provide cards with the idea that the person who got the cards would buy goods and then sell the goods at a discount for cash and refund some of the money. Third, DURIO and TOLIVER would provide cards and the person who got them would buy gift cards, some of which were refunded.

This matter was investigated by United States Secret Service special agents. The prosecution is led by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller.

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