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Buffalo man sentenced for credit card scheme

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BUFFALO -- Randy Jarrett, 45 of Buffalo, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to 21 months incarceration followed by three years supervised release.  Jarrett was also ordered to pay approximately $291,000 in restitution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who handled the case, stated that between July and December, 2013, the defendant conspired with others, including Ricky Butler, Tamika Favors, and Catherine Jarrett, fraudulently to obtain and use unauthorized access devices, namely credit cards, without the knowledge or authorization of the true account holders. Co-conspirator Ricky Butler used the true account holder’s personal identifying information and account access information to contact financial institutions and have new or replacement credit cards issued to addresses in the Western District of New York.  During the course of the fraudulent scheme, 17 unauthorized credit cards were mailed to properties which were owned and/or controlled by Randy Jarrett and his mother, Catherine Jarrett.  Those credit cards were used by the defendant and the other conspirators to make, and to attempt to make, purchases at Walmart stores and other retail establishments totaling over $330,000.

Tamika Favors and Catherine Jarrett have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing.  Ricky Butler is scheduled for trial beginning in February of 2018.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of acting Inspector-in-Charge Ray Moss of the Boston Division; and the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Lewis Robinson.