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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Three New York Men Indicted For Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy

Three New York men were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit and committing credit card fraud, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Indicted are: Mohammad Parvez, age 23, of Brooklyn, New York; Fazly Azzam, age 22, of Brooklyn, New York; and Shaha Jalal, age 35, of New York, New York.

The indictment alleges that in August 2014, Parvez, Azzam and Jalal conspired with each other to commit fraud in connection with access devices.  The defendants illegally obtained credit card account numbers assigned to more than  100 credit cards.  An unidentified member of the conspiracy electronically encoded the illegally obtained credit card numbers onto credit cards embossed with the names of Parvez, Azzam and Jalal.  Using these credit cards, the defendants obtained and attempted to obtain property and services from retail stores, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendants’ sentences will be determined by the court after review 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 violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Secret Service.   The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

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.

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Updated March 12, 2015