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Butler County Woman Pleads Guilty in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme

January 15, 2013

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Butler County pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to use counterfeit credit cards, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Janie M. Bey, 54, of Mars, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill.

In connection with the guilty plea, from June 2010 through June 2011, Janie M. Bey agreed with other persons to use counterfeit credit cards at Walmart stores in Western Pennsylvania to purchase merchandise.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for April 30, 2013. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,00, 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 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 (WPFCTF), conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Janie M. Bey. The WPFCTF was established as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to effectively combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania. Partnering in this effort are 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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