Defendant Impersonated Legitimate Accountholders, Hacked Their Accounts, Deprived Them of Cellphone Service, and Charged over $500,000 Worth of Devices to Their Accounts
Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HENRY PEREZ was sentenced today to more than seven years in prison for leading a multi-year cellphone account takeover fraud and identity theft conspiracy. PEREZ impersonated legitimate cellphone accountholders in order to fraudulently obtain smartphones and electronic devices that he charged to compromised accounts. The fraud scheme also caused more than 300 victims across the United States to lose cellphone service for a period of time; during the time that PEREZ controlled victims’ phone numbers, “inbound” text messages intended for victims were instead received by PEREZ. PEREZ’s sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, before whom PEREZ previously pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.