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

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Georgia trio charged with credit card fraud

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging three Georgia residents with access device fraud, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Indicted are Taylor Johnson, Jayla Bass and Destiny Tanner, each 21. The indictment alleges each defendant knowingly possessed with intent to defraud 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized credit cards.    

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Cronin is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the United States Secret Service and local law enforcement.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after consideration of the federal sentencing guidelines which depend upon a number of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial, in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Consumer Protection
Updated June 2, 2015