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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Williamsville Woman Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Fraud

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today
Christine Whitney, 35, of Williamsville, N.Y., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District
Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to using an unauthorized access device. The charge carries
a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross., who handled the case, stated that between
January 20, 2012 and March 15, 2012, Whitney fraudulently obtained a Discover credit
card in the name of another person who resided outside New York State. The defendant
then used the card to make unauthorized ATM withdrawals at local area banks and
unauthorized purchases at various retail stores in the Western District of New York. Whitney illegally obtained cash and merchandise totaling approximately $8,000.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection
Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Kevin Niland.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 13, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge
Arcara.