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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2013

LAKE CHARLES, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Deamioune Fransyre Caples, 33, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi, to 41 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and 40 hours of community service for using counterfeit credit cards and other devices to steal thousands of dollars. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $70,700 taken in the scheme. He pleaded guilty August 1, 2013.

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.

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

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