An Orlando man has admitted to participating in a crime ring that made at least $755,000 in illegal purchases using the stolen identities of Sam's Club members.
Sirrico Lewis, Reginald Holley and Brenda Shoukry have each been charged by federal prosecutors in Orlando for their suspected roles in the scheme.
This week, Lewis signed a plea agreement admitting he, Holley, Shoukry and others obtained fake identification documents of Sam's Club customers, and used those items to obtain credit cards in the members' names.
Holley's plea agreement said the group typically told Sam's employees that they lost or damaged their card and needed a new one.
Once the credit cards were obtained, Lewis, Holley, Shoukry and others went on shopping sprees throughout Central Florida, buying thousands of dollars of merchandise from Sam's and Walmart stores.
The group then sold the merchandise and divided the proceeds among themselves.
From May to December 2011, Holley obtained at least 43 credit cards illegally, court records said. He spent more than $50,000 at Walmart and Sam's stores in Orlando, Sanford, Lakeland, Fern Park, Casselberry and other Florida cities.
The plea agreement said Holley told Secret Service agents he was a low-level operator and was being directed by Lewis.