Two Rocklanders Charged by Feds in Phone Theft Ring

Two Rockland men were named in a federal indictment along with nine others accusing them of participating in a million-dollar fraud that focused on cell phones and other electronics. The U-S attorney’s office in New Jersey announced yesterday the eleven men were charged in a scheme that used stolen identities to order smartphones and other electronic goods from an un-named national cellular service provider. They then paid drivers with a delivery service to divert those goods to other members of the ring. 36 year-old Kindley Michel of Spring Valley appeared yesterday in Newark federal court, while 32 year-old Jermaine “Budds” Wilson of Nanuet remains at large. The eleven defendants are charged with wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce. Each faces 25 years in prison and fines.

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