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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2008                                                                PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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LEWISVILLE MAN GUILTY OF SELLING STOLEN GIFT CARDS ON EBAY

            SHERMAN, TX – United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 22-year-old Lewisville man has pleaded guilty to selling stolen gift cards on eBay in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
            HUY NGUYEN admitted to conspiring to purchase fraudulently obtained gift cards and sell them for less than face value on the dollar on eBay today before United States Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush.

            According to information presented in court, beginning on June 6, 2006 through January 9, 2008, Nguyen sold gift cards valued at $173,743.18 that he knew to be obtained by fraud.  Nguyen admitted that the gift cards were obtained by individuals who stole merchandise and returned it for store credit.  Nguyen collected $144,143.40 from the sale of the gift cards. 

            Nguyen faces up to 5 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set at this time.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri L. Hagan.

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