Man gets federal prison in ID theft case

A Northern California man was sentenced Thursday to serve 100 months in a federal prison for his part in the identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as “”

Makyl Haggerty, also known as “Wave” and “G5,” must also pay $50.5 million in restitution, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office. members trafficked in compromised credit card account data and counterfeit identifications, and committed money laundering, drug trafficking and various computer crimes.

Haggerty pleaded guilty in February to one count of participating in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization.

He worked as a vendor on the organization’s websites and sold about 1,000 counterfeit identification documents and counterfeit credit cards to other members. The 24-year-old Oakland resident made and sold counterfeit driver’s licenses for at least 15 states and British Columbia.

Fifty-six people were charged in four indictments in Operation Open Market, which targeted the organization. So far 25 people have been convicted. The rest are either fugitives or awaiting trial.

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