A federal court sentenced a Sacramento man to more than three years in prison Tuesday and ordered him to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution for a debit card fraud scheme targeting Apple stores across the U.S.
Marcus Israel Butler, 33, made fraudulent purchases at Apple stores using a revoked debit card in cities throughout California and the rest of the country, including the East Coast, Midwest and Alaska, with losses totaling approximately $353,000, according to a Department of Justice news release.
Court documents say Butler would tell Apple store employees that there was a problem with his debit card, and then he would invite them to call what he told them was his bank, the release said. When Apple employees made the call, a partner who was in on the scheme would speak with them and provide a false code that allowed transactions to be completed with Butler’s revoked debit card.
After attempting to make additional fraudulent purchases at Apple stores in Colorado, Butler was finally arrested.
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Butler was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $353,000 in restitution.