MAN FROM TAMPA SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS FOR SELLING COUNTERFEIT ITEMS AND FIREARMS

07/04/2020Darknet News, Law Enforcement

Judge James S. Moody, Jr., of the United States District sentenced a Florida man to 60 months in prison for selling falsified credit cards on the darkweb. The defendant also created weapons, and tried to sell them on the darkweb. Prime was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. He had pleaded guilty on December 12, 2019.

The law enforcement officers raided Prime ‘s residence in Tampa on September 29 , 2018, according to court records.Prime, a former convicted criminal who possessed weapons and ammunition illegally. When searching Prime ‘s home, law enforcement officers confiscated 1,774 falsified credit and debit cards; 1,490 blank cards, some of which included magnetic strips and credit or debit card chips; 37 falsified driver licenses and IDs; falsified Social Security card templates; hologram sheets used to make credit cards, debit cards and IDs and falsified credit cards and chips.

A search of Prime’s electronic equipment resulted in the discovery of hundreds of additional credit and debit account numbers, images of approximately 32 driver licenses and ID cards, driving permits from approximately 12 different issuing states, a counterfeit United States Army ID card purportedly for a lieutenant colonel, 5 images of Canadian driver licenses, 2 Portuguese citizen identification cards and the image of a counterfeit Republic de Angola passport, 5 images of Social Security cards, and 4 images of a counterfeit $100 U.S. Federal Reserve note.

Prime manufactured and advertised firearms on the Darkweb according to the information contained in his plea agreement. It seems as though he purchased “80 percent” frames (which are polymer or aluminum pieces), milled the rails and barrel blocks, and then added his own slide and LPK. Law enforcement has proof Prime marketed the constructed “frankenglocks.” While the statement by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms reported “Prime sold “untraceable weapons” that he produced and marketed on the darkweb for $1,500,” court records did not provide any proof that Prime completed any transaction.

In total, investigators seized approximately 5,493 access (credit card) devices from Prime, including credit card account numbers, debit card account numbers, and Social Security numbers. As a previously convicted felon, Prime is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.