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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud in Connection with Stolen Credit Cards

Bundle of 500 Cards Discovered by TSA Screeners

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CLIFF DURIO, age 25, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to a one-count Indictment charging him with fraud in connection with access devices. 

According to court documents, DURIO knowingly and with intent to defraud, possessed numerous counterfeit and unauthorized access devices, including credit cards and gift cards.  DURIO was arrested at the New Orleans Airport after TSA screeners, while investigating a suspicious object in his luggage, discovered a bundle of over 500 credit cards.  The cards were encoded and embossed with stolen accounts numbers, several of which had reported fraud.

DURIO faces a minimum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.   U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk set sentencing for October 6, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the U.S. Secret Service in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney David Haller is in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated July 14, 2016