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New York Individual Sentenced for Aggravated Identity Theft in Connection with Amtrak Ticketing Fraud

On December 16, 2021, Kevin Nelson was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to 2 years of incarceration, 1 year of supervised release, $287,850.25 in restitution, and a $100 special court assessment. On August 30, Nelson pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. From April 2016 through July 2018, Nelson and others engaged in a scheme to defraud Amtrak and the general public by using unauthorized or stolen credit card numbers to make train reservations on Amtrak’s ticketing system. They then canceled or exchanged the reservations for transferable eVouchers that they sold online at a discounted rate. 

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations and Amtrak-OIG.