fairbanks men indicted by federal grand jury for using stolen credit cards
Fairbanks, Alaska – United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that two men were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage, for access device fraud.
Matthew Joseph Lalonde, 21, and Tyler Stewart Stephens, 22, both residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, were arraigned in Fairbanks on October 1, 2010, for access device fraud, as contained in separate one-count indictments. Both defendants pled not guilty to the charges before United States Magistrate Judge Scott Oravec.
According to the indictments, Stephens and Lalonde used stolen Tesoro credit cards to obtain benefits and services to which they were not entitled in 2009.
Assistant United States Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both, and that the government would be seeking restitution in the amount of $19,614 from Lalonde and $3,426 from Stephens. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.
Both defendants were released pending trial. Trial has been set for November 29, 2010.
The United States Secret Service and Fairbanks Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictments in these cases.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.