Fedrick Emery, a 23-year-old originally from Illinois, served as a culinary specialist seaman in the U.S. Navy until the fall of 2017, when he was released under less than honorable conditions. But while sailors aren’t usually known for raking in big bucks, Emery often posed on social media in ways that appeared to flaunt immense wealth and extravagant purses. From brand-new luxury cars to jewelry and cash, Emery seemed to have it all.
But Emery’s behavior was all an act. For years, including his time as a U.S. Navy service member, he stole identities, obtained credit and debit card information, and perpetrated other scams in order to live the high life.
He made major purchases under other names, obtained false identification documents, and even used fake credit cards at the Navy Exchange and other military station outlets. Read on to learn more about the credit card scam and Emery’s ultimate prison sentence.
Emery’s credit card scam worked at multiple levels. He started off by getting credit card information from friends and strangers, using it to create fake gift cards and credit cards. He used the counterfeit cards at Marine Corps Exchange and Navy Exchange stores in San Diego, spending over $75,000 in total.
He then moved on to identity theft, obtaining over $290,000 worth of personal loans, car loans, and credit card purchases with others’ identities in 2017 and 2018. He also used the fake identities to buy Jaguars and other luxury cars (seven known cars in total) and was planning to do so (with false identification documents he had purchased for $500) when he was finally arrested in May of 2018 in El Cajon, near San Diego, CA.
Emery worked with several accomplices to perpetrate the credit card scams and identity theft fraud schemes, though their names have not yet been publicly released. The former Navy sailor pled guilty recently to identity theft and conspiracy charges and has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.