Ringleader of metro area ID and theft ring sentenced to 24 years in prison

Ringleader of metro area ID and theft ring sentenced to 24 years in prison

A 29-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 24 years in prison for operating an ID and theft ring in the metro area.

A Jefferson County jury in August found Michael Mancuso guilty of 43 counts, including violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act for engaging in a pattern of racketeering, according to the district attorney’s office.

Jefferson County DA

Michael Mancuso

Seven co-defendants were indicted and convicted in the case, according to a news release. Prosecutors described Mancuso as a ringleader of the criminal enterprise.

The ring illegal obtained financial and personal information of victims, including names, addresses, credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates. Using bitcoins purchased at ATM machines, the group would then go on the dark web and purchase Chase VISA card information belonging to victims in the metro area. They then purchased goods and services with the Visa card information, and sell the items to pawn shops and second-hand stores for cash.

Mancuos had eight prior felony convictions. In April 2018, he was chased down by Golden police as he attempted to steal a bicycle from a local shop.

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