A story in the Metro section June 14 incorrectly described the status of charges in U.S. District Court against Najeh A. Rodolpho, owner of Rodolpho's clothing store in Georgetown. All charges against Rodolpho were dropped May 5.
Two Georgetown merchants arrested in December as part of a Secret Service crackdown on credit card abuse pleaded guilty to wire fraud yesterday in U.S. District Court.
Keyvon Mizrahi of the Shoe Gallery, 3251 M St. NW, and Mohammed Mughaddan of the Chelsea Boutique, 1440 Wisconsin Ave. NW, face maximum sentences of five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Last month a Springfield jewelry store owner, David Lee, of Diamonds Unlimited, was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted by an Alexandria federal court jury of conspiracy and fraud for accepting stolen credit cards.
All three were arrested as part of an undercover operation code-named Operation Wildcard.
In a plea bargain, Mizrahi, 29, pleaded guilty to overcharging an undercover agent by increasing the amount of purchases on a telephone authorization from $65 to $365. Mughaddan pleaded guilty to accepting a credit card he knew was invalid.
U.S. District Judge Joyce Hens Green set sentencing for Mughaddan for July 22. Mizrahi is scheduled for sentencing by Judge Stanley S. Harris on Aug. 7.
Two other merchants arrested in the December sweep were Najeh A. Rodolpho of Rodolpho's at 1426 Wisconsin Ave. NW, who is awaiting court action, and Bidjan Najafabadi of the Georgetown Boutique at 1363 Wisconsin Ave. NW, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge and was put on probation.