New York Man Sentenced, 2nd Defendant Pleads Guilty in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Joshua Cutchin, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess and for possessing more than 135 fraudulent credit cards, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Ted A. Arruda, Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence Office of the U.S. Secret Service.
At sentencing on July 23, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Cutchin to serve two years supervised release upon completion of his prison term and to pay restitution in the amount of $3,910.59. Cutchin pleaded guilty on April 17, 2015, to one count of conspiracy to possess counterfeit credit cards and one count of possession of counterfeit credit cards.
Jibri Eady, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., a co-conspirator in this matter, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 9, 2015. Eady pleaded guilty on July 23 to one count of conspiracy to possess counterfeit credit cards and one count of possession of counterfeit credit cards.
According to court documents and information presented to the court, on December 30, 2014, Jibri Eady and Joshua Cutchin were traveling north on Route 95 when their vehicle was stopped by Rhode Island State Police troopers for speeding. The operator of the vehicle, Jibri Eady, was found to have a suspended New York driver’s license and was taken into custody. Cutchin was also detained.
During searches of the vehicle by Rhode Island State Police and the United States Secret Service, 139 counterfeit credits cards and a sheet of counterfeit hologram stickers of MasterCard world symbols resembling the MasterCard world symbols on the back of counterfeit MasterCards were seized.
The investigation by the Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit and the United States Secret Service determined that several purchases were made using fraudulent cards similar to those seized drawn from at least six different financial institutions.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ly T. Chin.
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Updated July 27, 2015
Press Release Number: 15-65