Two caught in iPhone scam to plead Monday

CONCORD – Two of the three New York residents arrested in a Nashua iPhone delivery scam, Jeffrey Martin and Armelle Chester, are set to plead guilty to federal charges.

Martin, 48, of 17 Hartin Ave., New York, is due in U.S. District Court in Concord on Monday, where he is expected to plead guilty to on count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Chester, 25, of 1200 E. 95th St., Apt. 2, New York, is scheduled for a July 16 change of plea hearing in which she is expected to plead guilty to mail and wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

The third suspect caught in the case, Everton Ellis, 40, of 1031 Miles Square Road, Yonkers, New York, appears headed to trial on several federal felonies. The three were indicted earlier this year after their January arrests.

A Nashua woman told police two strangers came to her door to try and take several packages that had just been delivered to her home in the French Hill section of the city, tipping police off to the scam. Nashua detectives contacted UPS and found more than 20 similar packages ready for delivery in the city, according to a report. Detectives then ran a stake out operation on the package deliveries and arrested the trio.

Court record show the three used stolen identities to open new cellular phone accounts with Sprint. They then had iPhones and iPads delivered to the homes of the stolen identity victims, and stole the packages before the victims could get the items.

At the time, police described the operation as “an organized theft and fraud ring.” Federal court records show the three had more than 200 stolen identities of New Hampshire and former New Hampshire residents, including dates of birth and Social Security numbers. They even got doctored photo identification in the names of the identity theft victims, and rented a car and motel rooms in the Nashua area in order to carry out the scheme. They managed to get close to $60,000 in stolen electronics before they were caught, according to the court records.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or or @Telegraph_DF.