Three Michigan men accused of obtaining more than $400,000 worth of goods and services with fraudulently obtained credit card numbers
A two-count indictment was returned today against three Michigan men who are accused of obtaining more than $400,000 worth of goods and services with more than 1,400 fraudulently obtained credit card numbers, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Named in the indictment are Quintez Salter, age 24, of Farmington Hills, Michigan; Chauncey Peteet, age 24, of Oak Park, Michigan; and Christopher Hollingsworth, age 37, of Detroit.
Count 1 of the indictment charges that in or about January 2010, Salter, Peteet and Hollingsworth illegally obtained approximately 583 MasterCard credit card account numbers and approximately 836 Visa credit card account numbers. They also possessed credit cards bearing a defendant’s name on the front and magnetic stripes on the back of the cards that were encoded with illegally obtained credit card account numbers. Using the illegally obtained account numbers, Salter, Peteet and Hollingsworth obtained property and services valued at more than $400,000, according to the indictment.
Count 2 of the indictment charges Salter with possession with intent to defraud approximately 1,419 credit card account numbers.
If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including each of the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the United States Secret Service. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.
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.