Cleveland – Charles E. Smith, Jr., 52, of Woodmere, Ohio, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Christopher A. Boyko to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay $10,621.23 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to using stolen financial information to purchase gasoline.
According to court documents, from May 2019 through May 2020, Smith, the former Mayor of Woodmere, Ohio, purchased stolen credit and debit card account information, including account numbers and addresses, from the dark web. Smith then used a credit card reader encoder/writer to program that information onto blank cards and used those cards to make fraudulent purchases of gasoline at various gas stations in Northern Ohio. Court records state that Smith purchased the gasoline to fuel vehicles that he used to deliver packages for Amazon.
In total, Smith purchased at least $10,621.23 in gasoline using over 100 stolen debit and credit card accounts. After his arrest, investigators later determined that Smith had purchased more than 600 stolen debit and credit card accounts from the dark web, affecting victims in 25 states.
Smith pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft on May 19, 2022.