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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 29, 2015

New York and California Men Plead Guilty to Access Device Fraud

Contact: Halsey B. Frank
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jervis
A. Hillaire, 25, of Menifee, California, and Gyadeen P. Ramdihall, 27, of Rosedale, New York,
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit access device fraud.  An access
device is any card or account number that can be used to obtain money, goods, services, or any
other thing of value.

According to court documents, on about September 4, 2013, Ramdihall, Hillaire and a
third person travelled from New York to Maine with 38 credit, debit and gift cards that were
counterfeit or fraudulently altered.  In Maine, the three used cards to purchase gift cards and
electronic devices from vendors including, among others, Best Buy, Apple, Target and
Walmart.  On October 10, 2013, an Ohio State Trooper stopped Ramdihall for speeding.  Hillaire
was his passenger.  A total of 17 fraudulent access device cards in Hillaire’s name were found in
the trunk of the vehicle under the spare tire. On January 24, 2014, the Biddeford Police stopped
Ramdihall near the Walmart store in Biddeford.  Hillaire was again his passenger. Ramdihall was
arrested for driving with a suspended license; Hillaire was arrested for providing a false
identity.  Police discovered eight fraudulent access device cards in Hillaire’s boot.

The defendants face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and full restitution.  They
will be sentenced after the completion of presentence investigation reports by the U.S. Probation
Office.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service, the Kittery and
Biddeford Police Departments and the Ohio State Police.

Component(s): 
Updated February 9, 2015