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Illinois Woman Convicted for Bank Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Sherry Taylor, 39, of Crete, Ill., was convicted today of using counterfeit American Express cards and counterfeit identification documents to make large purchases at retail stores.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and David E. Beach, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Taylor was found guilty by United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of bank fraud and credit card fraud. She faces maximum penalties of 30 years in prison on the bank fraud charge and 10 years in prison on the credit card charge when she is sentenced on July 15, 2011.

            According to court documents and evidence at trial, Taylor used counterfeit American Express cards embossed with fake names but tied to the accounts of the true account holders.  She also used counterfeit IDs in names that matched the cards.  Although she lived in the Chicago area, she traveled to other states to make large purchases at retail stores like Costco, Safeway, and Wal-Mart.  During one two-day period in late September 2010, she bought more than $57,000 worth of computer equipment and cameras at Costco stores in Northern Virginia.  In October, when she was arrested by local police in Avon, Ohio, she had four counterfeit American Express cards and four matching fake Illinois drivers’ licenses.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.  Assistant United States Attorneys Kosta S. Stojilkovic and Timothy D. Belevetz prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

 

 

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