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Pawtucket man convicted of identity theft and credit card fraud scheme | USAO-RI

ByElla E. Kidwell

Jun 24, 2022

PROVIDENCE — A Pawtucket man has been sentenced to thirty months in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to use stolen identities to create fraudulent driver’s licenses and credit cards that he and others used to rent cars. cars and hotel rooms and to make several purchases in New England, U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha said.

Hugh A. Martin, 33, and two other men were arrested by Warwick Police in the early morning hours of July 3, 2020, when they were found sleeping in a vehicle with a stolen license plate . A pack of eleven counterfeit credit cards was found hidden in Martin’s sock.

According to court documents, among the items found in the vehicle were eighteen cell phones, a notebook containing handwritten entries of numerous identities and related personal identifying information, computers, a printer, SD cards, a laminate, a magnetic stripe reader capable of reading and transferring data from the back of credit cards, and approximately $13,000 in clean, clear U.S. currency in large denominations.

Martin pleaded guilty on March 9, 2022 to conspiracy to possess at least fifteen counterfeit or unauthorized access devices; possession of at least fifteen counterfeit or unauthorized access devices; and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of federal probation.

In November 2021, while on bail on state charges following his initial arrest by Warwick police in July 2021, Martin was found by a New York City police officer sitting in a parked vehicle that did not display a license plate. Martin was charged with criminal possession of a handgun, after the officer located a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun under the driver’s seat. An inmate was filed with the U.S. Marshals Service, requesting Martin’s return to New York for firearms prosecution.

Courtney Hilaire, 29, of Providence, convicted for her role in the credit card fraud conspiracy and fraudulently soliciting more than $3.3 million in small business loans for businesses affected by the pandemic, has was sentenced on May 5, 2022 to 60 months in federal prison.

A third accused remains at large.

The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William J. Ferland. Martin’s criminal conduct was investigated by the Warwick Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Pawtucket Police Department.

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