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N.Y. man sentenced for defrauding N.C. businesses

Posted September 8, 2010 4:18 p.m. EDT

— A New York man was sentenced Wednesday on federal charges that he defrauded businesses in Raleigh, Greenville and Wilson last summer.

Renato Jay Scantlebury, 41, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced to 4½ years in prison and ordered to pay $62,216.02 in restitution. In March, he pleaded guilty to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors said that Crabtree Valley Mall police arrested Scantlebury in the mall parking lot on July 9, 2009, after receiving a call from a credit union about a suspicious purchase earlier that day.

Police said that they found credit cards in three different names, a dozen gift cards to Home Depot and WalMart, numerous cell phones, a home theater system, a computer and two televisions on Scantlebury and in his van.

Prosecutors said that Scantlebury was released on bond, but U.S. Secret Service agents tracked him as he used counterfeit credit cards in Raleigh, Greenville and Wilson. He was arrested in New York and extradited to North Carolina.