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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Brooklyn Woman Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft

ALBANY, NEW YORK – JAMESE L. WILLIAMS, 29, of Brooklyn, pled guilty today before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino to conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and the United States Secret Service. WILLIAMS is scheduled to be sentenced on August 6, 2014, in Albany, New York. She faces a two-year mandatory minimum on the aggravated identity theft charge, up to ten years of prison on the access device fraud charge and up to five years of prison on the conspiracy charge. She also faces a fine of up to $250,000 on each charge.

In the plea agreement, WILLIAMS admitted that, from October 2012 through January 2013, she and her co-conspirators used hundreds of counterfeit credit cards bearing stolen account numbers to purchase gift cards at Price Chopper grocery stores throughout New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. WILLIAMS admitted that she should be held accountable for transactions of $548,381.

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

Updated January 29, 2015