Criminal Accomplishments

Below are highlights of some of the Consumer Protection Division's criminal accomplishments in 2018:

Darnell Antwan Samples, a former Verizon Wireless employee based in East Point, was indicted on June 26, 2018, for his role in an identity fraud scheme that compromised the data of 58 Verizon Wireless customers.  A Fulton County Grand Jury charged Samples with 24 counts of Identity Fraud.  This case was referred to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by Verizon Wireless after customer complaints of unauthorized charges led to the discovery that the personal identifying information of dozens of customers had been compromised.  A joint investigation by the Consumer Protection Division and the U. S. Secret Service revealed that from April to June of 2015, Samples accessed and sold customer account information, specifically the names, phone numbers and last four digits of the Social Security numbers associated with the accounts.  The information was then used to make fraudulent purchases of services and products at Verizon stores located across multiple states and these products and services were billed to the compromised accounts.  The total losses exceeded $103,000.  Samples Samples pled guilty in September 2018 and was sentenced to 10 years, and required to perform 400 hours of community service, and pay a $1500 fine. 

Tiara Dameron and her mother, Tieresa Mitchell, both of Covington, Georgia, were indicted on July 6, 2018, for their roles in a fraud scheme involving hundreds of fraudulent Discover bank accounts.  A Newton County Grand Jury indicted Dameron and Mitchell with one count of Racketeering (R.I.C.O.), with Theft and Identity Fraud as the predicate acts under the R.I.C.O. statute.  The investigation revealed that between November 2014 and June 2015 the suspects fraudulently applied online for hundreds of Discover bank accounts using variations of their names and other names.  The Social Security numbers used in support of the Discover accounts did not belong to the suspects.  At least 65 of the Discover accounts were linked with accounts from other banks (Bancorp Bank, MetaBank and Wells Fargo, among others) belonging to Dameron and Mitchell.  This allowed the suspects to deposit counterfeit checks into the Discover accounts and transfer the money to the linked bank accounts before the checks were returned for non-sufficient funds. 

On December 11, 2018, Tiara Dameron was sentenced to serve 2 years in custody and the following 8 years on probation, to obtain a GED, to perform 80 hours of community service, and to pay $9,974.89 in restitution.  Dameron allocuted, under oath and on the record, and claimed responsibility for opening all of the Discover accounts.  She admitted she had used her mother’s name in opening some of the accounts and she said all the money obtained was taken by her and used for her benefit.  Following that admission, Tieresa Mitchell’s case was dismissed.

Several years ago, the Consumer Protection Division investigated a case in which Marvin Dean Moore, Eddie Berger, and two other defendants defrauded elderly homeowners, primarily in Fulton, Cobb and Pickens Counties.  The conmen drove a bucket truck through older, established neighborhoods and approached seniors they would see, or they would knock on the doors of houses with indications of seniors living in the residence, such as handicap ramps or handicap hang tags on cars in the driveway.  These men offered to pressure wash houses for $25, but soon after escalated the amount collected by falsely claiming the residence had other issues which they could fix for a discounted price since they were there.  They manufactured repairs needed by claiming that they had found termite damage or by forcing holes through the roof and claiming the wood was rotten.  These conmen bilked over $598,376 from unsuspecting senior citizens through this scheme.

Marvin Dean Moore pleaded guilty to Racketeering on May 16, 2018, and received a sentence of 20 years, with 5 years to serve, with the remaining years to be served on probation; he was further ordered to pay restitution of $559,025.  Eddie Berger signed his plea agreement on July 9, 2018.  He was sentenced to 20 years, 3 to serve and the remaining 17 years on probation.  He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,350.  Both of the pleas were handled by the Pickens County District Attorney’s Office.