Rodeo Drive shopping spree financed by stolen credit cards
A 36-year-old parolee who went on shopping sprees on Rodeo Drive and Century City, charging thousands of dollars on credit cards obtained through identity theft, was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in prison.
Sedrick Bagby pleaded guilty in June to a count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for his role in a scheme that allegedly procured about 30 credit cards from mostly elderly victims and used them to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of Rolex watches, jewelry and electronics.
The ring was lead by Doren Harold Ward, who was convicted at a jury trial of six felony counts. Ward would enlist people in the United Kingdom to call posing as card account holders, under the guise that they were on vacation, and ask that a replacement card be sent to Southern California, according to prosecutors.
Bagby was released from custody in March 2011 for an earlier conviction in a case that also involved a fake driver’s license, in which he purchased items from Gucci, D&G and Prada before he was eventually arrested at a Neiman Marcus store.
Just a few months later, in late July, Bagby had signed onto Ward’s scheme and began making purchases with a bogus ID and stolen credit cards, according to prosecutors. He charged thousands of dollars at stores including Louis Vuitton, Geary’s and Sony.
Bagby’s attorney contended in court papers that the plot was “relatively unsophisticated” and pointed to the man’s rough upbringing, asking for a lighter prison sentence. The attorney also noted that Ward was the mastermind of the scheme.
U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer on Monday sentenced Bagby to 90 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $288,000 in restitution to his victims.
-- Victoria Kim