U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has found Reginald Lee Black, Jr. (26, Tampa) guilty of 30 counts of fraud, including 1 count of conspiracy, 27 counts of credit card fraud, and 2 counts of aggravated identity theft. Black faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count, up to 10 years’ imprisonment for each credit card fraud count, and a mandatory consecutive term of 2 years in federal prison for the identity theft counts. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 19, 2019.

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According to court documents, Black conspired with other members of the “Manche Boy Mafia” or “MBM” to buy stolen credit/debit card account numbers on the internet. Black and his conspirators used the stolen information to create counterfeit cards and then used the counterfeit cards to purchase gift cards and other merchandise, including flat-screen televisions, iPhones, and 22-inch rims.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.