Criminal Accomplishments

Below are highlights of some of the Consumer Protection Unit's criminal accomplishments in 2017:

Ace Wholesale Case – The Consumer Protection Unit’s Criminal Investigation Division led an investigation into a multi-million dollar fencing operation for cell phones, tablets and other electronic goods.  Indicted and unindicted co-conspirators obtained the new electronics via identity theft, burglaries, robberies and/or insurance fraud and then sold the products to Ace Wholesale, managed by Tony Archie.  In less than 2 years, Ace Wholesale-Atlanta paid $63 million to individuals selling phones and tablets.  After law enforcement shut down Ace Wholesale, Archie opened up his own business in metropolitan Atlanta called Westside Wireless to continue the fraud scheme.  An additional $8 million was paid out by Westside in 9 months for new electronic devices.  Thousands of stolen and fraudulently obtained devices were purchased by Ace Wholesale and Westside Wireless.  In addition to affecting the identity theft victims, cell telephone carriers suffered millions of dollars in losses.  The U.S. Secret Service and the IRS joined the investigation, and Archie was later indicted in the Northern District of Georgia for wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.  After a seven-day trial, the jury unanimously found Archie guilty of all charges.  One week before trial, Trushar Patel pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy after selling nearly $900,000 in devices obtained through corporate identity theft to ACE Wholesale.  He was sentenced on April 19, 2017 to 18 months to serve in federal custody followed by three years supervised release and was ordered to pay $766,460.91 in restitution. Archie was sentenced on June 28, 2017 to eight years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Archie was ordered to pay $1,098,786.67 in restitution to a list of victim companies.

Altaron Veasy  - On August 29, 2017, a Fulton County Grand Jury charged Altaron Veasy with four counts of Theft by Taking, and on August 30, 2017, a Clayton County Grand Jury charged Terrence Woolfalk with Identity Fraud and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The Fulton County indictment alleges that Veasy took the money transferred by four U.S. Treasury checks payable to other individuals between December 2013 and March 2014. The four checks totaled $34,447.59. A joint investigation by the Consumer Protection Unit’s Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Secret Service led investigators to the residence Veasy shared with his cousin, Woolfalk, in Clayton County. During a search of the residence, investigators located evidence which resulted in the Clayton County indictment. It alleges that Woolfalk possessed identifying information concerning another person with the intent to fraudulently use that information and further alleges that Woolfolk was in possession of a handgun after having been convicted a felony.

Bobby Joe Turner III – An investigation by the Consumer Protection Unit’s Criminal Investigation Division led to the indictment of Bobby Joe Turner III on April 5, 2017 by a Coweta County Grand Jury alleging that he stole the identifying and financial information of an elderly Coweta County victim and attempted to use the information to further a scheme by transferring approximately $10,000 out of the victim’s bank accounts.  Turner now faces charges in two counties in the HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) scam being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit.