Father, daughter sentenced to prison for credit card scheme


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A woman and her father were sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a credit card fraud scheme, a federal prosecutor said.

Quenchelle Houpe and Brian Houpe, both of Wilson, executed a scheme in which more than 1,000 purchases were made using more than 793 stolen bank account numbers, U.S Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr., said in a news release.

More than 1,000 fraudulent purchase transactions were conducted using more than 793 stolen account numbers, Higdon said. The crimes, which resulted in a total loss of more than $393,000, were made at Sam’s Club stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and New York from April 2015 to September 2018.

Last May, Quenchelle Houpe and Brian Houpe each pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit access devices and one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit access devices.

On Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced the two to three years and three months in prison each and three years of supervised release afterward. They were also ordered to pay restitution.

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