Washington man pleads guilty to identify theft
WASHINGTON - A man who admitted to racking up more than $60,000 on credit cards is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud and identity theft charges.
Elijah Chin, of Federal Way, plead guilty this week to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to authorities, from December 2016 through February 2017, Chin electronically opened credit card accounts using personal information from area residents and then took the cards directly from the victim’s mailboxes.
Chin then used the cards to purchase gift cards, pre-paid cards and other merchandise at area retail establishments totaling more than $60,000. When taken into custody last year, investigators found him in possession of numerous fraudulently obtained credit cards as well as mail from Connecticut residents.
Chin is expected to be sentenced on July 23 by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea.