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Aliquippa Woman Conspired To Use Stolen AmEx Credit Cards

December 9 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to use stolen credit cards, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Courtney McFeaters, 33, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that McFeaters, along with a co-defendant and others, conspired to use stolen American Express credit account information to purchase merchandise at retail stores in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio between December, 2010, and June, 2011.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for April 19, 2012.  The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Officers from the United States Postal Inspection Service and United States Secret Service, along with along with agents from the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McFeaters. The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) was established in February, 1995 as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania. Partnering in this effort is the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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