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Bennie J. Blackwell charged with Fraud in Connection with Access Devices (Credit card fraud)

February 16, 2012

Mike Tobin, Public Affairs Specialist, (216) 622-3651

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that a federal grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, returned a one-count indictment charging Bennie J. Blackwell, age 34, whose last known address was in Cleveland, Ohio, with Fraud in Connection with Access Devices (credit card fraud).

The Indictment charges that between on or about February 4, 2011, and on or about June 27, 2011, Blackwell trafficked in or used one or more unauthorized access devices (Sears Citibank credit accounts) during the same time period to obtain goods and services valued at approximately $41,700.56.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Kern of the Cleveland U.S. Attorney’s Office, following an investigation by the Cleveland Office of the United States Secret Service.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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