Michigan men indicted for credit card fraud
Two Michigan men were indicted for credit card fraud for having 94 cards with stolen account numbers and names, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Timothy Darnel Keith, 25, of Canton, Michigan, and Chris Monte Huddelston, 22, of Flint, Michigan, were charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, possession of counterfeit and unauthorized access devices and possession of access device making equipment.
Keith and Huddleston purchased stolen and/or fraudulently obtained credit card account information and other bank account information over the Internet. The pair had a credit-card reader and writer which they used to produce counterfeit credit cards, according to the indictment.
They then drove to Ohio from Michigan to use the counterfeit gift cards and stored value credit cards they had produced. They had 94 such cards on April 6, according to the indictment
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing 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.
The investigating agency in this case is the United States Secret Service in Toledo. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Noah P. Hood.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.