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Houston Man Sentenced to Over Ten Years in Federal Prison for Massive Credit Card Fraud Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Louisiana, May 3, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LA – United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced EDWARD TOLIVER, age 47, a New Orleans native who had been living in Houston, Texas, to 124 months in federal prison for his role in a massive credit card fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.  The sentencing was held on April 29, 2021.  In addition to 124 months imprisonment, TOLIVER received 3 years supervised release, to be served following his release, and he must pay a mandatory $200 special assessment fee ($100 per count).

 According to the court records, TOLIVER previously pleaded guilty to a credit card fraud charge, as well as aggravated identity theft.  This was his third federal conviction for credit card fraud, and he began the conduct for this conviction while he was still on probation from his previous conviction.

In a sworn factual basis, TOLIVER admitted that shortly after finishing a prison term in 2012, TOLIVER rented office space in an office park in Houston.  He outfitted the space with equipment used to make fraudulent credit cards.  Over the next several years, TOLIVER and his co-defendant, Maurice Durio, who also operated a card manufacturing plant in the same office park, obtained hundreds of thousands of stolen credit card numbers from a variety of sources, including a computer hacker TOLIVER had met in prison and by purchasing them on the dark web.

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