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California Woman Sentenced for Access Device Fraud

June 6, 2011
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Weaverville, California, woman charged with Access Device Fraud was sentenced on June 6, 2011, by Chief US District Judge Karen E. Schreier. After having served over seven months in custody, Melissa Iford, age 22, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay over $800 in restitution.

Iford was indicted on four counts of access device fraud by a federal grand jury on November 2, 2010. On October 22, 2010, Iford went to four banks at four locations in Sioux Falls and attempted to use a credit card that did not belong to her with the intent to defraud each bank office of at least $5,000. However, the credit card had previously been reported as stolen, and none of the banks fell victim to the scheme. Iford was arrested the same day and pled guilty to all four counts on March 11, 2011.

This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department and the United States Secret Service. Assistant US Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper prosecuted the case.

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