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April 8, 2011

A Chicago man pled guilty in United States District Court in East St. Louis on Friday, April 8, 2011, to charges relating to a debit card scam in which he and others targeted several banks in and around Carbondale, Illinois, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Brandon Washington, 26 of Chicago, pled guilty to a two count indictment charging him with one count of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The indictment was returned by a Federal Grand Jury on August 4, 2009, and alleged that the offenses occurred between November 2006 and April 2007.

Sentencing was set for July 15, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at the United States District Courthouse in East St. Louis. Washington faces up to 30 years’ imprisonment, a fine of $1 million, and a term of supervised release of up to 5 years on each count.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Carbondale Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.



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