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New York man pleads guilty to possessing counterfeit credit, debit cards

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Scott Garcia, 21, of New York, pled guilty to possessing multiple counterfeit credit and debit cards in federal court today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Garcia pled guilty to one count of “Fraud Related to Access Devices.” He admitted to possessing fifteen or more counterfeit devices, to wit: fraudulently produced Western Union netSpend, MasterCard debit cards, gift cards fraudulently obtained from various retail merchants, and stolen credit card numbers in Ohio County, WV.

He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Perri prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The United States Secret Service and the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated August 25, 2016