Fraudster sentenced to four years

Montreal man ordered to pay $17,000 in restitution, victim surcharges

Andrea Gunn
Published on May 16, 2014

Nour-El-Dean Mouneimneh is led to his final court appearance in Grand Falls-Windsor Provincial Court on Friday. He was a sentence of four years minus time served for his involvement in a series of credit card fraud offenses that occurred across the province earlier this year.

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A 23-year-old from Montreal will spend four years in jail for a string of fraud related offenses that occurred across the province earlier this year.

Nour-El-Dean Mouneimneh was sentenced to a total of 192 weeks and five days, including time served, when he appeared in provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor Friday morning before Judge T. Chalker.

Earlier this month, Mouneimneh pled guilty to a total of 56 charges of the more than 140 that were against him; the rest were withdrawn as part of a plea bargain. He was given credit for time served in custody since his arrest at a 1:1.5 ratio, amounting to 107 days.

Mouneimneh and co-accused Michael Soliman, both of Montreal, were arrested in Gander on March 7. According to information presented in court, the pair obtained stolen credit card information from real people, mostly living in the United States. They then uploaded that information to blank cards, and used those cards to buy prepaid credit cards, gift cards, as well as merchandise from businesses in Port Aux Basques, Bishop’s Falls, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook, and Gander throughout the month of February and into March.

At the time of his arrest, Mouneimneh was serving a conditional sentence for similar crimes in his home province of Quebec.

On top of his jail sentence, Mouneimneh was ordered to pay restitution totally approximately $5,800 to businesses in the province impacted by his crimes. He was also ordered to pay an $11,200 victim surcharge; he has two years upon his release to pay that fine.

During Friday’s proceedings, Mouneimneh remained emotionless as he was handed his sentence. Judge Chalker said he disagreed with the defense’s assertion that the primary motive of Mouneimneh’s incarceration should be rehabilitation, citing the level of sophistication required to carry out the crimes committed, and the fact that he only stopped because he got caught.

“I hope when you get out of prison you’ll become a more productive member of society,” Judge Chalker told Mouneimneh before adjourning.