DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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SPORTS ENTHUSIAST GUILTY OF WIRE FRAUD

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 42-year-old Bullard, Texas man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in the Eastern District of Texas.

            EUAL BRENT HALLFORD pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with wire fraud today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

            According to information presented in court, Hallford was a seller of sports memorabilia over the Internet.  In attempting to obtain a credit card merchant account from a business to process his credit card sales, he falsified bank statements and faxed them to the credit card processor.  The fraudulent activity resulted in a loss of between $120,000 and $200,000.

            Hallford faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Jackson.

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