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HOUSTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING FAKE CREDIT CARDS AND OTHER DEVICES TO ILLEGALLY ACCESS CASH WHILE AT SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA CASINOS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2013

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Deamioune Fransyre Caples, 33, of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi, to using counterfeit credit cards and other devices to steal thousands of dollars.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, between June 21, 2012 and January 13, 2013, Caples used counterfeit credit cards and other access devices at Delta Downs, L’Auberge Du Lac, and Isle of Capri casinos to access money.  The devices included Green Dot Visa cards, 123 Rewards cards, Chase cards, Wells Fargo cards and Bank of America cards among others.  The cards displayed Caples’ name on the front, but the magnetic strip on the back contained the identity of the financial institution and individual who had not authorized Caples to use their account information.  The defendant made the counterfeit access devices in Texas and traveled to the Western District of Louisiana to use them.  He stole $118,684 using the counterfeit access devices.

Caples faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and restitution for the unauthorized use of a counterfeit access device count. Sentencing is scheduled to take place in October of 2013.

The U.S. Secret Service investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Parker is prosecuting the case.

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