New York Man Sentenced on Credit Card Fraud Charges
Contact: Jonathan R. Chapman
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
Michael Barnes, 34, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by
Judge George Z. Singal to three years imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised
release for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and credit card fraud. Barnes also was
ordered to pay $8,687.01 in restitution. The court ordered that the imprisonment term run
consecutive to a seven-year sentence that Barnes is already serving in New York for burglary
and weapons possession. Barnes pled guilty to the federal credit card charge on April 18, 2013.
Court records reveal that in May of 2011, Barnes and two co-conspirators were stopped
in their vehicle by the police and found to be in possession of approximately 160 counterfeit
credit cards. The investigation revealed that counterfeit credit cards from the vehicle had been
used to make purchases at several stores in South Portland and Scarborough.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the South
Portland and Scarborough Police Departments.
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