Three Charged In Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Three Southwestern Pennsylvania residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy to use counterfeit credit cards, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment, returned on July 24, 2012, named Janie M. Bey, 53, of Mars, Pa.; Devin Alexander Murphy, 23, of Aliquippa, Pa.; and Rayvon Oscar Kyles, 21, of Aliquippa, Pa., as defendants.
According to the indictment, between June, 2010 through June, 2011, the defendants used counterfeit credit cards at Walmart stores in Western Pennsylvania.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,00, or both, as to each defendant. 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 defendants.
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 February 1995 as a collaborative, multiagency 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 conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.