A Florida man and his mother were sentenced on Thursday in an Orlando, Fla., courtroom for their identity theft activities that included a credit card scam that victimized celebrities such as Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce (Knowles), socialite Kim Kardashian and her mom Kris Jenner, according to FBI officials on Friday.
Luis Flores, Jr., was sentenced to serve 42-months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge John Antoon for the offenses of credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. The 19-year-old Flores was also ordered by Judge Antoon to give up his computers, cell phones and other electronic equipment used by him to perpetrate identity theft of celebrities.
In addition, as part of his punishment, Flores was compelled to pay a money judgement of more than $16,000.00, the cash he garnered by stealing Beyonce's and Kardashian's identities.
Meanwhile, Flores' mother, 41-year-old Kyah Green was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $16,000.00 in restitution. Green was found guilty of lying to FBI agents who were investigating her son's celebrity identity theft scheme.
According to the FBI, in March 2013, Flores was fired from his job at a call center for the diversion of a fellow worker’s electronically deposited paycheck to Flores' own bank account.
After being fired, Flores initiated a scheme to take over the credit card accounts of celebrities. He was successful in obtaining $71,251.99 in fraudulent wire transfers from those accounts into a bank account controlled by him. According to the FBI investigators, from March 2013 through about July 2013, these account takeovers by Flores resulted in numerous credit cards being delivered to Flores’ and his mother's house in the names of other people.
In late March 2013, Flores was arrested by local police and charged for his diversion of his co-worker’s paycheck. On May 19, 2013, Flores made bail on the Florida state charge and immediately restarted his attempts to take over the credit card accounts of celebrities and even well-known law enforcement officials.
In June 2013, FBI agents say, they executed a search warrant at the home of Flores and his mother Green. During the search, Green lied to agents and denied knowing anything about her son's bank account -- an account that received the $71,251.99 in fraudulent wire transfers.
In fact, while Flores was still in jail on Florida charges, Green had used that bank account to make purchases and ATM withdrawals totaling about $16,000.00, including thousands of dollars of electronic equipment, designer merchandise, and other consumer goods.
According to court records, the investigators uncovered other fraudulent activity linking Flores to financial accounts owned by actor Ashton Kutcher, U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton, and reality star Paris Hilton.