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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2016


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the indictment of JAMAL MATEEN, 32, for using stolen information to place fraudulent orders for and acquire Microsoft products valued at more than $50,000. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Grand Larceny in the Second, Third, and Fourth Degrees, as well as Criminal Possession of Possession of Stolen Property in the Third and Fourth Degrees.[1]

“Even a single unauthorized charge on a person’s credit card statement may be evidence of a greater scheme affecting multiple victims across state lines,” said District Attorney Vance. “As alleged in the indictment, the defendant used credit card information stolen from individual victims — including New York residents — to acquire Microsoft products valued at thousands of dollars, until a change in Microsoft’s purchasing policies prompted the defendant to steal information from a small business as well. I encourage both individuals and businesses to take precautions to protect financial information, and I thank our partners in the NYPD for their commitment to identifying and stopping this type of fraud.”

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said: “As alleged, Jamal Mateen bought Microsoft products using stolen credit cards, presumably to resell those same products on the black market. I commend the work of the NYPD’s Financial Crimes Task Force and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for today’s arrest.”

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, between September 2013 and May 2014, MATEEN used stolen information to order more than $50,000 in Microsoft products under the guise of operating a small business. Using stolen credit card numbers, the defendant placed orders for multiple Microsoft products to be shipped by FedEx and UPS to addresses in Manhattan. The items included Surface Pro tablets and related accessories.

Initially, MATEEN provided credit card numbers stolen from individuals to complete the transactions. Then, in response to a change in Microsoft’s purchasing policy which required the defendant open a line of company credit in order to make purchases, the defendant stole an Employer Identification Number of an existing small business and – using that company’s name as an alias – continued to place orders for expensive electronics and accessories. In total, MATEEN placed more than a dozen orders for Microsoft products valued at thousands of dollars, representing more than $50,000 in theft and losses.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau and the NYPD’s Financial Crimes Task Force.

Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Lane is handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Brenda Fischer, Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, and Executive Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Investigation Division. Cybercrime Analyst Christine Einerson and Detective Robert Turbiak, of the NYPD Cyber Task Force within the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, provided additional assistance with the investigation.

District Attorney Vance also thanked the following agencies and individuals for their assistance with the investigation: the NYPD Financial Crimes Task Force, the Microsoft Corporation, and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

Defendant Information:

JAMAL MATEEN, D.O.B. 5/23/1983
Washington, D.C.

• Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony 1 count
• Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 15 counts
• Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 15 counts
• Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
• Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count