California Man Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Access Device Fraud
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Darnele J. Nelson, 32, of California, pleaded guilty to possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices, before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The conviction is the result of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero, and Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Randy Howe, Acting Director of Field Operations.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 1, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.