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Birmingham Resident Indicted for Counterfeit Credit Cards and Identity Theft

May 2 , 2012

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a West African man living in Birmingham on charges related to his possession of about 50 counterfeit credit cards and equipment for producing them that were confiscated when he was arrested in February, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton.

BADRA KABA, 46, is charged in a three-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court. Count One charges Kaba with possessing more than 15 counterfeit credit cards on Feb. 20, and Count Two charges him with possessing counterfeit card-making equipment. Count Three charges Kaba with aggravated identity theft for using another person’s credit card account number on a counterfeited card.

The maximum penalty for access device fraud is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty for possession of counterfeit access device-making equipment is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year prison term that must be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed in the case, and a $250,000 fine.

The Secret Service and Homewood Police investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan is prosecuting the case.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.





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