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Possession Of Multiple Counterfeit Credit Cards Leads To Federal Indictment

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas
A Criminal Complaint Or Indictment Is A Formal Accusation Of Criminal Conduct, Not Evidence. A Defendant Is Presumed Innocent Unless Convicted Through Due Process Of Law.

McALLEN, Texas – A federal grand jury in McAllen has indicted Alfredo Alejandro Alvarez-Mendicuti, 35, of Mexico, for possessing 31 counterfeit credit cards with the intent to defraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

According to the criminal complaint originally filed in the case, Alvarez-Mendicuti was arrested on April 25, 2014, at the Anzalduas Port of Entry after the 31 cards were found hidden in his waist and leg areas. He was allegedly attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico with a revoked passport, according to the charges. He allegedly intended to use the fake cards to shop in McAllen.

He made his initial appearance on April 28, 2014, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby who ordered him to remain in custody pending further criminal proceedings.

If convicted, Alvarez faces up to 10 years in federal prison without parole and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case is being investigated by the Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Sully is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 30, 2015