Possession of Counterfeit IDs and Credit Cards Leads to Identity Theft Charges
|Aug, 12, 2011|
HOUSTON – A federal grand jury in Houston has returned a seven-count indictment charging Arthur David Morgart with access device fraud related to counterfeit and unauthorized credit card numbers, fraud related to identification documents and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Angel José Moreno announced today along with United States Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Cynthia L. Marble.
The indictment was returned by a Houston federal grand jury on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Morgart, 31, is accused of possessing more than 15 counterfeit and unauthorized access devices - namely debit and credit card numbers and cards - on April 2, 2011, the date of his arrest by officers from the Houston Police Department. Morgart is also accused of four counts of aggravated identity theft arising from his alleged possession without lawful authority of a Texas driver’s license and credit cards in the names of other persons between March 27, 2011, and April 2, 2011, as well as two additional counts of fraud related to identification documents involving his alleged possession of an altered Social Security card and an altered Texas driver’s license without lawful authority.
Morgart is presently in state custody in the Huntsville area on unrelated charges. The United States will seek a court order to transfer Morgart into federal custody to answer these new charges.
If convicted of the one charge of access device fraud, Morgart faces up to 10 years in federal prison without parole as well as a $250,000 fine. If convicted of any of the two fraud related to identification documents charges the punishment is up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A conviction for any of the four aggravated identity theft charges carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison which must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on other offenses charged resulting in conviction.
The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation that led to today’s federal charges. Assistant United States Attorney Julie Redlinger is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.