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Aug. 30, 2012

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McAllen Man Convicted of Possessing Stolen Debit and Bank Account Numbers

McALLEN, Texas – Mario Wong, 33, of McAllen, Texas, has entered a plea of guilty to access device fraud related to his possession unauthorized debit and bank account numbers from Domestic and International Banks, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Wong entered the plea earlier today, admitting he possessed 15 unauthorized access devices, namely debit and bank account numbers.

Wong was indicted after a search of his residence led to the seizure of more than 300 re-encoded gift and credit cards containing the unauthorized debit and bank account numbers from domestic and international financial institutions. Law enforcement agents further recovered a computer, numerous flash drives, a re-encoding device and bank receipts revealing cash deposits to local banks in excess of $100,000.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the plea today, has set sentencing for Nov. 16, 2012, at which time he faces up to 10 years in federal prison without parole as well as a $250,000 fine. Wong has been in custody since his arrest where he will remain pending that hearing.

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Grady Leupold is prosecuting the case.