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MONDAY - March 15, 2010

NEW YORKER PLEADS TO CHARGES STEMMING FROM

COUNTERFEIT CREDIT CARD USAGE

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on March 12, 2010, RENATO JAY SCANTLEBURY, 59, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to access device fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(5) and aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028(a)(1).

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on January 6, 2010.

On July 9, 2009, SCANTLEBURY entered the Crabtree Valley Macy’s and made a purchase of $823.14 in merchandise. Macy’s then received a call from a credit union which advised that the transaction was made fraudulently on a customer account. Officers with Crabtree Valley Police located the subject walking toward his van, which had New York tags, in the parking lot.

When officers approached SCANTLEBURY in his van door it appeared he began to be stuffing merchandise under the driver’s seat. Officers then asked SCANTLEBURY for identification. He produced a New York State driver’s license in the name of RENATO SCANTLEBURY. SCANTLEBURY was then arrested and searched. On SCANTLEBURY’s person police found two credit cards bearing a different name.

Crabtree Police obtained a search warrant for SCANTLEBURY’s van. Inside, police found 8 Home Depot gift cards, 4 Wal-Mart gift cards, numerous cell phones, a home theater system, a computer, and two televisions. All appeared to have been purchased at BJ’s and at Macy’s.

After being released on bond, agents with the United States Secret Service watched SCANTLEBURY as he passed numerous counterfeit credit cards at various merchants in Raleigh, Greenville, and Wilson. Shortly thereafter, SCANTLEBURY fled the state and he was later arrested on the federal warrant in New York and returned here for prosecution.

At sentencing, SCANTLEBURY faces up to 15 years imprisonment followed by up three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,00 for the access device charge and a mandatory term of imprisonment of two years consecutive to any sentence received for the access device charge followed by up to one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Crabtree Valley Police. This case is being handled by the Office’s Economic Crimes Section, with Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore assigned as prosecutor.

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