CALIFORNIA MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD
JAN BREWER, age 35, a California resident, was arrested by Special Agents of the United States Secret Service and charged by way of criminal complaint by the United States Attorney’s Office with access device fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the criminal complaint filed in this matter, a private shipping company discovered a package placed in their custody for shipment from California to the New Orleans area contained twenty-five (25) counterfeit credit cards, two (2) counterfeit California driver’s licenses with the same individual depicted with different names and addresses listed on the licenses and a magnetic stripe reader/writer used in conjunction with the illegal coding of credit cards. The private shipping company then notified the U. S. Secret Service of the contents of the package and agents subsequently took custody of the package.
Also according to the criminal complaint, BREWER had traveled to the New Orleans area in a rental car and checked into multiple hotels in Jefferson Parish. BREWER then made several attempts to obtain the package not knowing that law enforcement had been notified. BREWER eventually took custody of the package yesterday in Jefferson Parish. Secret Service agents maintained surveillance on BREWER after he took custody of the package and recognized BREWER as the same individual depicted in the two (2) counterfeit California driver’s licenses found in the package. BREWER then attempted to escape surveillance. BREWER eventually fled to a hotel parking lot, abandoned the rental car and discarded the package in a women’s restroom (but not before he discarded the two (2) counterfeit California driver’s licenses which contained his photograph).
Based on the charges in the criminal complaint, BREWER faces up to ten (10) years imprisonment.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service with assistance by the Kenner Police Department. BREWER is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro Latsis.
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