The United States District Judge named James S. Moody Jr. has sentenced a man resident of Florida to sixty months behind the bars alleged for counterfeit credit card sales on the dark web. The defendant has also allegedly manufactured firearms and has attempted to sell them on the darknet marketplaces.
As announced by the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, the defendant named Michael Prime, 40 years of age and the resident of Tampa Florida has sold manufactured firearms and sold them on an undisclosed marketplace on the darknet. He has also conducted counterfeit credit card sales on various marketplaces such as Dream Market, Wallstreet Market and AlphaBay. Prime has also pleaded guilty to access the device fraudulence, identity theft along with the possession of a firearm being a convicted felon during the initials of this year.
A search was carried out at Prime’s residence in Tampa, Florida, where the law enforcement agency officers have unearthed a credit card press, stacks of credit cards and equipment utilized to place the chips in the credit cards. Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office had found out the cards soon after responding to a call on domestic violence from Prime’s wife. Prime has identified himself to the authorities utilizing a stolen identity. Prime was arrested for domestic battery by strangulation while the law enforcement officials learned the real identity of Prime. He was identified through the fingerprints as he had a felony conviction earlier for conspiracy to commit the wire fraud.
In a criminal complaint by the Special Agent Bryan Halliwell along with the United States Secret Service wrote that a search of the Prime’s house yielded the discovery of the evidence as listed down:
- Approximately 1,774 counterfeit/fake credit/debit cards.
- Roughly 1,490 blank cards of different colours. Some of them contained magnetic stripes and/or debit/credit card chips.
- Roughly 37 fake driver’s licenses and ID allegedly issued by the States of Ohio, Washington, Virginia, Florida and the UK.
- Fake social security card templates.
- Hologram sheets that were used for the manufacturing of the IDs and credit/debit cards.
- A single unit of Mesa safe.
- Several thumb drives and as well as the electronic media storage devices.
- A box of paper containing embedded red and blue fibres identical to the U.S. currency paper.
In an interview with the law enforcement officials, Prime revealed that he had worked for a website named the Republic of Lampeduza, that had facilitated the commission of the credit card fraud through hosting, receiving and sale of stolen credit/debit card account data received from the online data leaks.
Prime stated he was paid approximately $1,000 per month in Bitcoin as compensation for working for the Republic of Lampeduza.
Prime has volunteered the information about the counterfeit credit card sales on the darknet marketplaces. He has also said the investigators that he possessed 3,500 Bitcoins (worth $24 Million at that time).
Prime also admitted to selling counterfeit credit cards and counterfeit ids on dark web sites such as Dream Market, Wall Street Market, and Alpha Bay. Prime stated he was paid in Bitcoin for these sales. 16. Prime stated he sold virtual weapons on the virtual reality website Second Life, from which Prime claimed he made approximately $300,000.
As per the information contained in the plea agreement of Prime, he had manufactured and advertised firearms on the dark web. It seems that he might have purchased 80% of the frames that are pieces of the aluminium or polymer, milled the barrel blocks and rails and finally added his own LPK and slide. Law enforcement bears evidence that Prime has advertised the constructed “frankenglocks”. However, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has announced that Prime has sold untraceable firearms, which he had manufactured and as well as advertised for $ 1,500 on the dark web. But the court documents included no evidence on Prime’s completed transactions.
One of the statements that Prime had posted on a concealed .onion service advertised as: “unregistered and untraceable guns.” He had also mentioned that these are not registered and likely refers to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network of ATF. As per another report, Prime did sell weapons online back in 2014, which are legal in most parts of the United States. The same report and several others from the related time frame have accused Prime to have committed various forms of fraud on the internet.
He posts himself as a web developer, 3d print operator, consultant of web security, and other miscellaneous services he conjures up to get your attention. He steals software, credit card numbers, and even physical property. He’s an ex-felon. Will forge signatures to obtain money. He created counterfeit money orders. He was investigated by the FBI, CIA, and the US POSTAL SERVICE for his fraudulent activities. Sells cheap stun guns online via PayPal and will sell off your personal information.
On the 12th of December 2019, Prime was pleaded guilty to identity theft, access device fraud and possessing firearm as a convicted felon. On the 26th of June 2020, Judge Moody had sentenced Prime to five years and ten months behind the federal bars and also ordered him to pay a fine of $2,000.
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