Brockport man pleads guilty to role in multi-state credit card scheme

Prosecutors said 32-year-old Paul Kozlyuk pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the unlawful transfer, possession, and use of identification documents, authentication features, and information. (Photo: MGN Online)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Brockport man pleaded guilty Thursday to helping four other men run a multi-state credit card and ID card scheme.

Prosecutors said 32-year-old Paul Kozlyuk pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the unlawful transfer, possession, and use of identification documents, authentication features, and information.

Between January 2015 and July 2015, Kozlyuk worked with Kyle Bertrand, Herbert Street, Michael Gerone, and Richard Lipke to buy items at stores over the phone using unauthorized credit cards. These businesses include Home Depot, Charlotte Appliance, Del Monte Spa and Best Tile. Bertrand would steal the identities of people in other states, including their Social Security numbers, dates of birth and credit card information and use the information to buy the items.

Items purchased included snow plows, gas generators, saws, freezers, dishwashers and microwaves.

When Bertrand would make purchases, Kozlyuk would pay him with Walmart money grams. Kozlyuk paid Bertrand a fraction of the actual price of the stolen goods, and either kept the goods or sold them for a profit through Marketview Heights Garage, which he used to own.

Kozlyuk also illegally obtained vehicle parts from out-of-state vendor and re-sold them, sometimes stealing items from western New York vendors.

In total, Kozlyuk stole or attempted to steal a total of $144,688.35 in goods.

Kozlyuk faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at his sentencing hearing on October 25. He is the last of the suspects in this case to be convicted.

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