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Brooklyn Man Sentenced To Prison For Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme

November 17 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Brooklyn, New York, has been sentenced in federal court to 10 months in prison on his conviction of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Exilus Francois, 22.

According to information presented to the court, Francois conspired to use counterfeit credit cards at Giant Eagle stores in March 2010.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Diamond stated that identity theft crimes are serious offenses.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Secret Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Francois.

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