Two Men Accused of Using Stolen Debit Cards in Alleged Diesel-For-Cash Scheme
Newark, NJ – Two New Jersey men were arrested last week in connection with a fraudulent debit card scheme in which the men allegedly made diesel purchases on stolen cards for truckers in exchange for cash.
Alateef Perry, 43, of Newark, NJ, and Rajohn Dawkins, 25, of Irvington, NJ, have been charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud.
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in New Jersey, the theft took place between July 2019 and March 2020.
According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court, Perry and Dawkins would meet commercial truck drivers at “multiple gas stations” in New Jersey, including locations in Hanover and Middlesex.
The men would then use debit cards — without without the cardholders’ consent or knowledge — to purchase diesel for the drivers.
The truck drivers would “typically paid Perry and Dawkins a fraction of the fuel’s purchase price in cash,” the DOJ asserted.
Perry and Dawkins then pocketed the cash, authorities said.
Local media outlet NJ.com stated the percentage the truck drivers paid the men was approximately 80% of the cost, citing court documents.
Over the course of the scheme, Perry and Dawkins are accused of using over 500 unauthorized debit cards.
In total, the amount stolen from the victims was over $220,000.
The men were arrested in New Jersey on Friday, April 9.
According to the DOJ, the charge of conspiracy to commit access device fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
In addition, the men face a maximum potential fine of $250,000, or twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.
None of the truck drivers involved in the scheme were named by officials.