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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chicago woman pleads guilty to credit card fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Chicago woman pleaded guilty today to credit card fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Wynesha Wilson-Robinson, 27, entered her guilty plea to possession of 15 or more counterfeit access devices.

Wilson-Robinson admitted that she, along with three codefendants, possessed over 100 counterfeit access devices. A counterfeit access device is a credit card that has been altered so that it contains stolen information that has been re-encoded on the magnetic strip on the back of the card. Wilson-Robinson drove from Chicago to attempt to use these credit cards. On June 5, 2015, she was observed at the South Charleston Target and Walmart attempting to use the counterfeit cards and was arrested by law enforcement.  

Wilson-Robinson faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on August 11, 2016.

The South Charleston Police Department and the United States Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

The three codefendants, Christine Johnson, Crystal Merritt, and Stephanie Stevenson, are all charged with the same credit card fraud and are currently scheduled for trial on May 17, 2016. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Topic(s): 
Consumer Protection
Financial Fraud
Updated April 26, 2016