Man Sentenced in Amtrak Fraud Scheme

A Michigan man has received a six-year prison sentence in connection with a scheme to defraud Amtrak of more than $540,000.

Christian Newby, 32, of Milan, Michigan, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

Prosecutors said he obtained credit card information for more than 1,100 people, used that information to buy Amtrak tickets, then cancelled the tickets and received vouchers for the amount of the ticket from Amtrak.

He later sold vouchers at a discount on eBay. Police also found during a search of his residence improvised explosive devises, firearms, and narcotics.

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