Ex-Philadelphia cop gets 5 years in prison for credit scheme

    A former Philadelphia police officer has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for creating dozens of counterfeit credit cards used to make fraudulent purchases.

    Thirty-nine-year-old Rahim Henderson was sentenced Monday after being convicted in December of conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and other charges.

    Prosecutors say Henderson used a credit card encoding machine to make fake credit cards. Authorities say Henderson, his wife and sister used the cards to make more than $10,000 in fraudulent purchases between April and October in 2014. The wife and sister pleaded guilty last year. reports Henderson apologized at his sentencing saying, “I’m just embarrassed and I’m just sincerely, sincerely sorry for what I did” adding that he “won’t even jaywalk again.”

    He was also fined $75,000 and forced to pay restitution.

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