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New York Man Pleads Guilty In Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9 , 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit credit cards, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Richard G. Foster, Jr., 24 pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in March 2010, Foster conspired with others to obtain counterfeit credit cards which were used to purchase approximately $28,000 in gift cards and other merchandise at Giant Eagle and Walmart stores in Greensburg, Latrobe and Pittsburgh.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for May 31, 2012, at 10:00 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.

The United States Secret Service and the Scott Township Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Foster.

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