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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 26, 2015

Houston Man Convicted Of Using Counterfeit Cards In Nearly 400 Transactions At Sam’s Club

HOUSTON – Guang Fa Lin, 47, has entered a guilty plea to one count of using counterfeit access devices, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Lin resided in Houston but has no legal status in the U.S.

During his plea hearing today, Lin admitted that between 2012 and 2013, he used counterfeit credit cards, debit cards and credit and debit account numbers to obtain goods, services and other things of value.

According to the factual basis in the plea agreement filed in the case, Lin used scores of credit and debit cards in approximately 395 transactions under various Sam’s Club Memberships bearing different identifying information to purchase items such as cigarettes, iPads, gum and gift cards.

The counterfeit cards bore account numbers banks and other financial institutions issued to account holders, many of whom reside outside of Texas. As a result, Lin caused more than $200,000 in losses.    

The plea agreement requires Lin to make full restitution.

U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake, who accepted the guilty plea, has set sentencing for April 17, 2015. At that time, Lin faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.  

The charges are the result of an investigation by U.S. Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Corso is prosecuting the case.  

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Updated April 30, 2015