This Fraud Ring Used the Dark Web to Purchase Customers’ Personal Identifying Information, Accessed More Than 3,300 Customers’ Accounts, and Fraudulently Obtained More Than 1,200 Cellphones
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced charges today against 12 individuals involved in a nationwide fraud conspiracy from 2014 to the present: ISAAC CONCEPCION AQUINO, a/k/a “Kaka,” MARIO DIAZ, a/k/a “Memin,” TOMAS GUILLEN, a/k/a “Diddy,” RONNIE DE LEON, JOSE ARGELIS DIAZ, JOEL PENA, JHONATAN DIAZ, a/k/a “Nino,” EDDY MORROBEL, RUDDY SANCHEZ, MICHAEL ROQUE, RAYNIEL ROBLES, and JOANDRA TEJADA GONZALEZ. In connection with the fraud, the defendants and their associates improperly accessed more than 3,300 customers’ cellphone accounts, fraudulently obtained more than 1,200 cellphones, and caused losses exceeding $1 million. Six defendants were arrested in the Southern District of New York and will be presented today before Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker: MARIO DIAZ, a/k/a “Memin,” TOMAS GUILLEN, a/k/a “Diddy,” JOSE ARGELIS DIAZ, JHONATAN DIAZ, a/k/a “Nino,” EDDY MORROBEL, and RAYNIEL ROBLES. In addition, RONNIE DE LEON was arrested this morning in Ohio and will be presented this afternoon, in the Southern District of Ohio, before Chief Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Preston Deavers.