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Detroit Man Pleads Guilty To Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Detroit, Mich., pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Corey Deandre Vance, 27 Detroit, Mich., was the second defendant to plead guilty to participating in a Detroit‑based credit card fraud ring before United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Vance, along with other defendants, traveled to Cranberry Township in August 2009, where they rented a motel room.  Following a report of a fraudulent use of a credit card to rent the room, Township police officers searched the room and uncovered devices used to manufacture and re‑encode credit cards.  The investigation also determined that Vance traveled through Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2009 using counterfeit credit cards at Giant Eagle stores to buy gift cards and merchandise.

Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for June 28, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

Inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service along with agents from the United States Secret Service who, as part of the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force, conducted the investigation that led to the indictment in this case. The Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force (WPFCTF) was established in February1995 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 Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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