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Man sentenced in credit card scam orchestrated behind prison bars

January 25, 2010 |  5:39 pm
A man who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a bank fraud scheme from behind bars in a California state prison was sentenced today to eight years in federal custody, authorities said.

Morocco Curry, 37, also known as Monica Dupree, was serving a three-year sentence at Centinela prison in Imperial after pleading guilty to bank fraud and identity theft charges in state court, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.

While doing his time at Centinela, Curry obtained credit card numbers and other information on at least four victims, prosecutors said. Curry then made three-way telephone calls to conspirators outside the prison, and they contacted credit card issuers and asked them to send replacement credit cards.

Credit card companies lost more than $139,000 from the scheme, according to prosecutors.

The case was investigated by a task force sponsored by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

-- Robert J. Lopez