Two men who traveled from Georgia to buy gift cards and prepaid debit cards using stolen credit card account numbers were sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Boise.
Jean Estinville, 27, of Lawrenceville was sent to federal prison for nearly four years, while co-defendant Rakeen Anderson, 32, of Atlanta was sentenced to 18 months.
When he pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, Estinville admitted making 14 purchases in three Boise stores using six different bogus credit cards. Police seized 55 gift cards and pre-paid debit cards from a rental car along with a Citizen EcoDrive watch he bought with a counterfeit card.
Anderson traveled to three stores and tried to make purchases using three different credit card numbers he was not authorized to use, according to court records. Police found four debit cards encoded with unauthorized credit card numbers in his possession.
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Estinville and Anderson were among 10 Georgia residents arrested following a shopping spree last October. They flew to Boise, rented cars and worked in teams over a weekend, police said. Store security officers became suspicious and contacted Boise police, providing license plate numbers and descriptions of the suspects, most of whom were arrested before they could leave Boise.
Co-defendants Brian Treadwell, 25, of Buford, and Mikki Williams, 25, of Loganville, were sentenced June 16. Treadwell received 75 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Williams received three years of probation and 200 hours of community service for misprision of a felony.
Clarence Collins, 34, of Douglasville, was sentenced July 6 to 78 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Collins has appealed his sentence to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Charles Moore, 25, of Stone Mountain, was sentenced July 7 to 51 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Jonathan Penn, 20, of Suwanee, was sentenced July 8 to 24 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Rashine Kale, 39, of Lawrenceville, was sentenced July 22 to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Kyandre Banks, 26, of Lilburn had been a fugitive since October. He was arrested in late August in Rutherford County, Tenn. Deputies found a laptop computer, a card scanning device and dozens of gift cards bought at Kroger stores in Tennessee and Kentucky. He is awaiting extradition to Idaho.
Terrance Barimah, 26, of Lawrenceville, pleaded guilty in April to possession of device-making equipment. He faced up to 15 years in prison but skipped out of sentencing July 8.
He received permission from Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to attend a ceremony in Georgia to lay a headstone at the grave of his father. Barimah had been out of custody since December and had shown up to all of his required hearings up to that point.
After failing to return to Idaho for sentencing, Barimah was indicted on a charge of failure to appear.