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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Group Of Four Philadelphians Charged With Counterfeiting Gift Cards

Robert Durandis, 24, Donald Charles, 25, Gilbert Pierre-Charles, 22 and Manuel Reyes-Gonzalez, 21, all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were charged today by superseding indictment with conspiracy, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  The defendants traveled throughout Pennsylvania and other locations and used counterfeit credit, debit and gift cards, encoded with stolen account numbers, to purchase numerous cartons of cigarettes, gift cards and other items.

If convicted, Robert Durandis faces a maximum possible sentence of 84 years in prison and a fine of $3.25 million; Donald Charles faces a maximum possible sentence of 42 years in prison and a fine of $2.25 million; Gilbert Pierre-Charles faces a maximum possible sentence of 69 years in prison and a fine of $3.25 million; and Manuel Reyes-Gonzalez faces a maximum possible sentence of 67 years in prison and a fine of $3 million.

The case was investigated by United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney K.T. Newton

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated December 24, 2014