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For Immediate Release
February 28, 2007

Media Contact:
Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
rguillory@oag.state.md.us

Baltimore Man Convicted of Cyber Credit Card Fraud

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Glenard C. Blount, 35, formerly of the 5400 block of Cedella Avenue in Baltimore, pled guilty to felony credit card fraud in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The charges arose out of Blount’s misuse of the personal information of dozens of unsuspecting consumers in different states, including their credit cards. With the stolen credit card information, he ordered thousands of dollars of DVDs and other merchandise from NetFlix and SmartBargains, two online companies.

In his plea today before Judge Barry G. Williams, Blount admitted to using the credit card information of both Maryland and out of state residents to order 590 DVD’s from NetFlix - an online movie rental company - and over $9,000 of clothing, electronics and housewares from SmartBargains - an online liquidated merchandise retailer. Blount ordered the items using various aliases over an internet account he set up through Verizon using yet another alias. Most of the items were delivered to his home on Cedella Avenue in Baltimore while other items were shipped to various addresses around the country which he controlled.

In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked the US Postal Service inspectors and Assistant Attorney General Carolyn Henneman for their work on the case.

   

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