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November 02, 2011

HENDERSON COUNTY WOMAN SENTENCED FOR CREDIT CARD SCAM

               TYLER, Texas – A 25-year-old Chandler, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Elizabeth Pickrell pleaded guilty on Apr. 5, 2011, to access device fraud and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.  Pickrell was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $95,407.55.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 18, 2010, a federal search warrant was executed at a co-defendant's residence, during which law enforcement officers recovered counterfeit charge card making equipment, hundreds of counterfeit charge cards, and cash value cards.  Further investigation revealed that Pickrell conspired with Christopher Michael, his brother, Nathan Michael, and Corey Davis to commit access device fraud in Henderson and Smith counties.  The four defendants obtained goods and services by using fraudulent credit card account numbers obtained through the internet and at Chicken Express in Tyler, Texas, where Pickrell was employed at the time of the fraud.  According to evidence, over 500 accounts were compromised in Tyler alone.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Nov. 3, 2010, charging the four individuals with federal crimes.

Christopher Michael pleaded guilty on May 10, 2011, to access device fraud and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison on Aug. 15, 2011.

Nathan Michael and Corey Davis have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. 

              This case is being investigated by the Tyler Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, the Athens Police Department, the Caney City Police Department, the Longview Police Department, the Mesquite Police Department, the Terrell Police Department, the Waco Police Department, the Corsicana Police Department, the Waxahachie Police Department, the Van Zandt County Precinct 4 Constable, Wal-Mart Stores Asset Protection and Southside Bank and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

 

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