An identity thief from Ohio, who stole hundreds of credit card numbers to buy goods for resale and to rent rooms at a suburban Philadelphia hotel, was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in federal prison, authorities said.
Ibrahim Fofana, 25, of Columbus, accumulated over 500 numbers which belonged to others. With two co-defendants, Fofana recoded those numbers onto the magnetic strips of credit, debit and gift cards. The cards then were given to runners who bought merchandise to resell on the street, according to court documents.
Fofana was captured in April 2009 at an Upper Darby hotel where he had used one of the account numbers to book rooms. Fofana pleaded guilty in September numerous credit card fraud and conspiracy counts. In addition to the prison term, he was ordered to pay $10,178 in restitution, said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.