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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty To Credit Card Fraud Perpetrated In Sacramento Area

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Oneal Damar Hamilton, 36, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty today to access device fraud, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Hamilton’s accomplice would impersonate bank card customers and request changes in the account holder’s contact information. The accomplice would then request that duplicate credit cards, with Hamilton listed as an authorized user, be sent to Hamilton’s address. Hamilton took cash advances off the cards and used the cards to acquire merchandise at stores in the Sacramento area until the fraud was detected and the cards were deactivated.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew G. Morris is prosecuting the case.

Hamilton has been in custody since his arrest in Los Angeles on March 15, 2014.

Hamilton is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley on February 5, 2015. Hamilton faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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Docket #: 2:14-cr-15-TLN
Updated April 8, 2015