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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Three New York Men Charged Federally With Fraudulent Possession Of Credit Cards

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the United States Secret Service, announced today that three New York men have been charged with Possession of Fifteen or More Counterfeit or Unauthorized Access Devices today by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Danilo Vargas, age 25, Dawill Miguel Almonte, age 22, and Jeriel Delosangeles, age 25, allegedly possessed approximately 62 counterfeit credit cards.  The charges arose out of a car stop by the Pennsylvania State Police in York County in November 2013.

     If convicted, Vargas, Almonte, and Delosangeles face a term of imprisonment of up to ten years and fines up to $250,000.

     This investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service and Pennsylvania State Police. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


Updated April 9, 2015