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New York Man Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Donnell J. Slay, Jr., age 21, of Uniondale, New York, pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Greenville, to conspiracy to commit access device fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029.  United States District Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks, of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose sentence after she has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on January 17, 2016, the Gaffney Police Department was summoned to the Gaffney Premium Outlet to investigate reports of fraudulent transactions.  The investigation led officers to Slay who had a total of fifty fraudulent credit cards on his person. 

Officers located the vehicle driven by Slay and obtained a search warrant.  During execution of this warrant, officers located an additional twenty-seven counterfeit credit cards embossed with Slay’s name.  

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Slay can receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for 5 years, plus a special assessment of $100.

The case was investigated by agents of the Gaffney Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Investigations.  Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.


Updated May 11, 2016

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