Five plead guilty in Atlanta airport theft ring case


Five people have pleaded guilty in a case involving an alleged credit card theft ring at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

John Horn, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the last of the five guilty pleas Wednesday.

The five people were indicted earlier this year for allegedly running a theft ring that stole credit cards from mail loaded onto planes at the Atlanta airport from December 2015 until April 2017.

The defendants allegedly used the credit cards to get cash advances in metro Atlanta and buy “high dollar electronics,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office, which says the scheme caused more than $1.7 million fraud-related losses.

“Americans depend on the United States mail system to carry some of their most vital and sensitive correspondence, like the new credit cards in this case,” Horn said in a written statement. “By exploiting the airport’s baggage loading processes, these defendants were able to plunder mail bags and steal new credit cards on their way to customers across the country.”

The U.S Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service are investigating the case.

Treveyon Herring, 22, of Forest Park, pleaded guilty Sept. 28 to wire fraud conspiracy. He agreed to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution.

Quentin Picket, 25, or Jonesboro, pleaded guilty last month to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft and agreed to pay more than $1.75 million in restitution.

Cornelius Henderson, 23, of Riverdale, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft and agreed to more than $429,000 in restitution.

LaSuhn Turner, 25, of Stockbridge, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and agreed to more than $70,000 in restitution.

And Brandon Foster, 24, of Stockbridge, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and agreed to nearly $15,000 in restitution.

They have hearing dates scheduled in the next several months.

The defendants stole credit cards from baggage loading areas, which Henderson had access to through his job, and from a private mail sorting facility, where Herring worked, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Horn’s office says Foster, a bank teller, and Turner got cash from the stolen credit cards.

Pickett “was involved in almost every aspect of the scheme alleged in the indictment,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

MYAJC.COM: REAL JOURNALISM. REAL LOCAL IMPACT.

AJC Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi keeps you updated on the latest news about Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta Air Lines and the airline industry in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on myAJC.com, including these stories:

Never miss a minute of what's happening in local business news. Subscribe to myAJC.com.

WSB’s Clark Howard on identity theft:


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Travel

Oregon couple reflects on 20-month, 18,000-mile cycling odyssey
Oregon couple reflects on 20-month, 18,000-mile cycling odyssey

BEND, Ore. — They had endured grueling climbs while crossing the Andes six times, relentless rain and wind, endless desert, vicious dog attacks, scary crashes and an agonizing bout with dengue fever.  So it is no wonder that when Bend’s Kristen and Ville Jokinen approached the end of their 20-month, 18,215-mile cycling journey in Ushuaia...
Travel calendar
Travel calendar

GEORGIA Dahlonega — The Arts & Wine Festival, May 20, features an art raffle, wine garden, live music and more. www.chestateeartists.org/events-and-exhibits.php. Evans — Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que, May 25-26, features Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Infamous Stringdusters and Robert Randolph & the Family Band...
Feel the music at the Fillmore
Feel the music at the Fillmore

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s 10 minutes to showtime. Step up to the three-story Italianate brick box at Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard. Avert your eyes from the payday-loan operation that takes up much of the ground floor. Submit to a brief search by security. Then climb the stairs, grab an apple from the giveaway bin and check out the hundreds...
What’s around the Fillmore

The Fillmore stands near the confluence of three neighborhoods. Here’s what to visit in each. ——— Fillmore District For a jazzier scene in a throwback setting far smaller than the Fillmore, step across Geary Boulevard to the Boom Boom Room at 1601 Fillmore St. Once known for its association with John Lee Hooker, the Boom Boom...
A road map to shopping like a royal

The British royal family has long been a source of public fascination, captivating mere mortals in Britain and beyond with a passion for all things Windsor.  Toss a wedding into the mix — specifically one so storybook as the nuptials of Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, on Saturday — and the excitement swells...
More Stories