NEWARK, N.J. – A Staten Island, New York, man was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for robbing a New Jersey business owner in February 2019, defrauding eight New Jersey businesses from July 2016 through January 2019, and defrauding and stealing the identities of three women, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Raymond Scura, 31, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to an information charging him with wire fraud affecting a financial institution, aggravated identity theft, and Hobbs Act robbery. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence by videoconference today.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Scura used bad checks and stolen credit cards to obtain luxurious goods and services, such as a country club membership, limousine services, luxury hotel expenses, exotic car rentals, and a Rolex watch, in order to appear wealthy and obtain the confidence of his victims, who were usually women. Once he convinced his victims of his purported wealth, he would then steal their identities and credit cards to make additional purchases. As a result of his fraud and aggravated identity theft offenses, Scura caused losses to individuals and businesses in excess of $250,000
In February 2019, Scura was a customer of an internet-based business owned and operated by a New Jersey man. To pay for the services of the business, Scura wrote at least one fraudulent check to the victim. When the victim insisted on cash payment, Scura drove with the business owner to a bank, where Scura brandished a gun, threatened to kill the victim, and demanded that the victim deposit a fraudulent check for $10,000 into the victim’s bank account and then withdraw $10,000. The victim did as Scura directed and then gave Scura the $10,000.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Scura to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution to the numerous victims totaling $166,505.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, and members of the Belleville Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Mark Minichini, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Summit Police Department, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Evesham Police Department for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Amore of the Government Fraud Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Lou of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.