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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 8, 2013

Brooklyn Woman Arraigned On Credit Card Fraud Charges

Obtained More Than $500,000 of Gift Cards from Grocery Stores in Five States

ALBANY, NEW YORK – JAMESE L. WILLIAMS, 27, of Brooklyn, appeared today before Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel in federal court in Albany to be arraigned on a September 4, 2013 indictment charging her with conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and United States Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge William Leege.

According to the indictment, the charges relate to her use of counterfeit credit cards to fraudulently obtain more than $500,000 of gift cards at grocery stores in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire between October 2012 and January 2013. If convicted, WILLIAMS faces up to 5 years in prison on the conspiracy charge, 10 years in prison on the access device charge, and a mandatory two year consecutive term of imprisonment on the aggravated identity theft charge. She could also be ordered to pay a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman.

The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated January 29, 2015