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TEXAS MAN SENTENCED IN IDENTITY THEFT CASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2013

Gulfport, Miss. – Mikel Chad Adams, 42, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to serve 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for producing, using, and trafficking in counterfeit credit cards, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Allen W. Bryant, Resident Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service. Adams was also ordered to pay $16,526 in restitution to the credit card companies.


Adams was arrested after attempting to use a fraudulent credit card at a gas station in Pass Christian, Mississippi. A search of Adams and his car revealed several sheets of paper listing debit and credit card numbers, as well as sheets of laminate paper. Some of the laminate paper had account numbers printed on them that matched the account numbers found on the sheets of paper. Adams would affix the laminate with the credit card account numbers to blank credit cards and create the fraudulent cards to make purchases. The investigation revealed that the account numbers were actual numbers belonging to two major banks. A total of 916 account numbers from the two issuing banks were found, and approximately 638 true account holder victims were identified and notified that their account numbers had been compromised.


Prior to his guilty plea in the counterfeit credit card case, Adams failed to appear as required under the terms and conditions of his bond and was thereafter arrested on a bench warrant. He has since been indicted and pled guilty for failure to appear and is set for sentencing in that case on August 14, 2013.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Morgan.


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