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Guyanese Woman Pleads Guilty To Trafficking In Counterfeit Credit Cards And Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Obtained More Than $400,000 Worth of Gift Cards from Grocery Stores in Five States

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Georgette Jackman, age 37, a citizen of Guyana, pleaded guilty on October 16 to conspiracy to commit access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and trafficking in counterfeit access devices, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Todd Laster, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service.

Jackman was detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for February 18, 2016 in Albany before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. She faces up to 15 years of imprisonment on the conspiracy and trafficking charges, and a mandatory two years of imprisonment on the aggravated identity theft charge, which must be served consecutive to any other sentence of imprisonment. Jackman also faces deportation from the United States following the completion of her punishment.

As part of her guilty plea, Jackman admitted that from February 2012 through January 2013, she and co-conspirators Jamese Williams and Terry Nicholas travelled together by car on a regular basis to stores throughout New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, including approximately 47 Price Chopper grocery stores. During these trips Jackman provided Williams and Nicholas with hundreds of counterfeit credit cards bearing stolen account numbers and embossed names that did not correspond to the actual account holders. Williams and Nicholas used these cards to purchase $435,465 worth of gift cards, which they gave to Jackman.

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

Updated October 20, 2015

Financial Fraud