An identity thief was sentenced to 14 months in a halfway house Tuesday for helping a co-defendant use actress Demi Moore’s stolen no-limit American Express card to run up almost $170,000 in fraudulent purchases at high end stores in Los Angeles.
Marc Higley, 37, of Los Angeles was also ordered by U.S. District Judge David Carter to pay restitution of $52,670 and a $300 special assessment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Higley pleaded guilty in September 2018 to conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, use of unauthorized credit cards and aggravated identity theft.
The scheme’s leader, David Matthew Read, was sentenced in May 2019 to nearly six years in federal prison.
Using an identity badge he created, Read pretended to be Moore’s personal assistant at a Santa Monica FedEx facility in order to accept delivery of the actress’ Amex Black Card after he reported the original missing.
The card was used to shop at Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Apple Store and Bloomingdales, federal prosecutors said.
Higley accompanied Read on shopping trips and assisted in depositing some of the merchandise purchased with Moore’s card into a self-storage facility, documents show.