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RALEIGH — A Wilson father and daughter will spend several years in federal prison after officials say they were involved in a fraudulent credit card scheme that spanned several states.
On Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced 22-year-old Quenchelle Houpe and her father, Brian Houpe Sr., to roughly three years in prison each, followed by three years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon’s office.
In May, Quenchelle Houpe pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit access devices and one count of trafficking in counterfeit access devices. Her father pleaded guilty to the same charges in July, according to federal officials.
From April 2015 to September 2018, the Houpes organized a credit card fraud scheme that involved purchasing merchandise using counterfeit credit cards encoded with account information that had been stolen from bank customers, officials said. More than 1,000 fraudulent purchase transactions were conducted using more than 793 stolen account numbers, according to federal officials.
The crimes resulted in a nearly $400,000 loss. The scheme was committed at Sam’s Club stores in several East Coast states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and New York, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The father and daughter were also ordered to pay restitution in the case.
The U.S. Secret Service and the Rocky Mount Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Toby Lathan represented the government in the case.