Brockport man sentenced to 2 years in prison for credit card fraud

Paul Kozlyuk was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison after he admitted to being part of a credit card fraud ring. (MGN Online graphic)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Brockport man was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison after he admitted to being part of a credit card fraud ring.

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 back in August.

On Friday, he was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.

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.

Bertrand, Street, Gerone, and Lipke have also been convicted in this case.

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