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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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KAUFMAN, TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR CREDIT CARD FRAUD

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 34-year-old Kaufman, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for credit card fraud in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            RUSSELL LEE LEWIS pleaded guilty on Sep. 3, 2009, to use of a counterfeit access device and was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Lewis was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $28,279.75.

            According to information presented in court, on Feb. 15, 2009, Lewis fraudulently used a credit card belonging to another person to purchase merchandise.  Around the same time, Lewis was also found to unlawfully be in possession of approximately 250 credit card numbers.  Lewis devised a scheme in which he produced counterfeit credit and debit cards, also referred to as access devices, by affixing some of those account numbers onto the cards and then laminating the account numbers in place of the cards' original account numbers.  Lewis was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 8, 2009.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan.

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