Former FSU Students Convicted Of Federal Fraud Charges
Several former FSU students are at the center of a prosecution alleging that they stole money from credit cards and deposited it into their own accounts. The students worked for the Center of Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE).
According to federal authorities, Kh’lajuwon A. Murat, 21, arranged to have other fraudsters illegally obtain credit card information from their peers. The credit card information would then be used to make purchases from the university bookstore. FSU became aware of the fraud when it started getting chargebacks filed by banks after authorized credit cardholders disputed charges on their statements.
After a 4-day trial, Murat was convicted of conspiracy charges, 16 counts of bank fraud, and six counts of aggravated identity theft. Below, we’ll take a look at the sentence.
Tallying up the charges
Conspiracy to commit bank fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. Bank fraud is also chargeable by up to 20 years in federal prison. Murat is facing one charge of conspiracy and 16 counts of bank fraud which is a total of 340 years in federal prison. He is also facing six counts of aggravated identity theft. Each count adds a mandatory minimum of 2 years to his sentence, meaning he’s up to 352 years. That, of course, will not be the sentence he gets but it is reflective of the severity of the offenses.
What made Murat’s case worse was that he used the resources of his university, in fact, a program centered on helping disadvantaged college students as a resource to steal from fellow students. He committed the same crime over and over again. The fact that he didn’t make all that much money from it doesn’t reduce the severity of the crime. It just proves that he was bad at fraud.
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