Hartford duo sentenced for identity fraud

A Hartford couple has earned a combined sentence of more than six years for an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme investigated by Greenwich police.

Jonathan Preston, 23, and his wife Lumi Nunez, 34, both of Hartford, were arrested in November of last year and  pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud following an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, Hartford Police Department and the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea sentenced Mr. Preston to 46 months  in prison and Ms. Nunez to 30, imposing an additional three years of supervised release after the prison terms are served.

Court documents and statements report that the couple used the Internet and other means to gain access to the personal information of multiple victims, including well-known athletes and public figures. Utilizing this information, Preston and Nunez eventually gained access to the individuals’ credit card accounts and made more than $500,000 in illegal purchases and withdrawals dating back to 2010.

The pair used the ill-gotten funds to finance cars, jewelry and casino trips. Judge Shea has scheduled a restitution hearing for Aug. 25.

The case was investigated by several law enforcement agencies including the Greenwich Police Department.

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