The ring’s alleged leader, Hamilton Eromosele was charged with aggravated identity theft and he and two others, Youssouf “Slim” Traore and Deja Monet were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, according to a WestfairOnline.com report. The credit card ring reportedly made more than $3 million in unauthorized purchases.
The report states that the trio was arrested at a New Rochelle apartment and arrested on a warrant that was issued in district court in New Jersey. At the time of their arrest, investigators found several Discover credit cards that were scattered throughout the apartment. Several others had been thrown from a window in an attempt to discard potential evidence.
According to the report, Eromosele was the leader of the scam, obtaining credit cards on the “dark web.” He then recruited women on social media, arranging for them to travel to several cities and purchase items. He collected the merchandise they bought, sold it, and then shared a percentage of profits with the women he recruited.
The three reportedly have a lengthy criminal past. Eromosele was arrested in New Jersey in 2016 when police received a report that he was holding women against their will in a hotel room. At the time of his arrest, police found nearly two dozen Discover cards, and a laptop computer in his room had dozens of files listing hundreds of credit card accounts.
Traore was arrested in Arkansas last year when he attempted to use a bogus Discover card to purchase a $4,800 Rolex. Other arrests for the three have been reported in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Putnam County.
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