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Cuban Nationals Sentenced for Credit Card Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart said two Cuban nationals have been sentenced for credit card fraud. Yaidelys Acosta, 23, and Ranniel Acosta, 25, were sentenced to one year in prison and three years supervised release. They also are ordered to jointly pay restitution in the amount of $2,287 for credit card fraud. 

“Credit card fraud is epidemic,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said. “Credit card fraud isn’t a victimless crime.  It drives up banking and insurance costs and taxpayers are left with the bill. The South Charleston Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service are to be commended for their work in apprehending these thieves.”

The defendants previously admitted to being in possession of fraudulent credit cards, device making equipment to create the cards, and using those cards to steal from people’s checking or credit card accounts. They were caught while attempting to use the fraudulent cards at a store in South Charleston. At the time of their arrest they had in their possession more than 15 other fraudulent cards and device making equipment to create other fraudulent cards.

The South Charleston Police Department and the United States Secret Service conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Chris Arthur handled the prosecution.


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Updated June 1, 2020