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Press Release

Chesapeake Man Sentenced for Possession of Fraudulent Debit Cards

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

Cards were re-encoded with other account numbers

NORFOLK, Va. – Rickie Bailey, Jr., 25, of Chesapeake, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Douglas F. Mease, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service’s Richmond Field Office; and Kelvin L. Wright, Chief of Police, Chesapeake Police Department, made the announcement after Bailey was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar.

Bailey pled guilty on October 30, 2014.  According to the statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, in April of 2014, Bailey was in possession of counterfeit debit cards when he was confronted by officers from the Chesapeake Police Department.  The officers were able to enter and speak to Bailey in his room at the Sun Suites Motel in Chesapeake.  It was there that the officers found debit cards, a magnetic card reader/writer, receipts for recent purchases, and a notebook that contained a handwritten list of names with associated dates of birth and social security numbers.  Agents with the United States Secret Service later analyzed all of the debit cards.  Of the 46 cards analyzed, 36 of them had been re-encoded with other account numbers.  Twenty-seven of the 36 cards were associated with names that were found among the list of names in the notebook or notebook papers.      

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Chesapeake Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Randy Stoker prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:14-cr-121.

Updated May 6, 2015