Brewer Woman Sentenced to 2 ½ Years for Wire Fraud, Making False Statements to a Lending Business & Making Straw Purchase
Contact: Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Xiu Fang Zhang, 21, of New York, New York, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiring to commit credit card fraud.
According to evidence introduced at the plea hearing, between January 3 and January 6, 2015, Zhang and others used counterfeit credit cards to make purchases at retail stores and pharmacies in Maine. Zhang used counterfeit credit cards to purchase over $7,500 worth of items from Lowes, Home Depot, Bon-Ton, Rite Aid and Sears. She was paid by a co-conspirator for each fraudulent purchase.
Zhang faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She will be sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and the Auburn and South Portland Police Departments.