BALTIMORE A Gaithersburg man will serve at least two years in prison for an identity theft scheme that included Eastern Shore residents, the U.S. Attorney for District of Maryland announced last week.

Jain Vivek, 26, pleaded guilty last week to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 16, with a maximum five-year sentence for the first count, and a mandatory two-year sentence for the second.

The charges stem from Vivek using identities to get unemployment benefits on prepaid Visa cards issued by Citi Prepaid Services on behalf of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Vivek used mailboxes at UPS stores in Maryland and Kansas to receive those cards.

He then used the cards at ATMs, often in disguise, in Maryland, New York and Georgia and withdrew between $120,000 and .$170,000.

Georgia police in February found Vivek with 42 debit cards, and with a list of names, birth dates and social security numbers of about 1,200 Marylanders, including Eastern Shore residents.

Vivek admitted his co-defendant, Amiee "Mike" Arora, of Top of the Line Marketing in Rockville, gave him that list of names. He then said he used information from about 40 people.

The scheme ran from the summer of 2010 through February.


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