New York woman pleads guilty to credit card fraud
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A New York City woman pleaded guilty yesterday to credit card fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Nayosha Aice, 25, entered her guilty plea to the felony offense of possession of 15 or more counterfeit access devices. A counterfeit access device is a credit card that has been altered to contain stolen account information that is magnetically re-encoded on the credit card.
Aice admitted that she, along with a codefendant, possessed 78 counterfeit access devices. Aice drove from New York City, using these counterfeit credit cards to buy cartons of Newport cigarettes and other merchandise. She was observed at the St. Albans Go-Mart using multiple counterfeit cards on June 25, 2015, and after noticing the suspicious behavior, store employees contacted law enforcement. Once observed by police, Aice attempted to throw the credit cards away in a nearby store. Officers recovered the credit cards and subsequently confirmed that the credit cards were counterfeit access devices.
Aice faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on September 15, 2016. Her codefendant, Sasha Nelson, is scheduled for trial on June 21, 2016. Nelson is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The St. Albans Police Department and the United States Secret Service conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Erik S. Goes and Eric Bacaj are in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.
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