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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Houston Man Pleads Guilty To Using Fake Credit Cards And Other Devices To Illegally Access Cash While At Louisiana Casinos

LAKE CHARLES, La. –A Houston man pleaded guilty to charges that he used counterfeit credit cards and other financial access devices to steal thousands of dollars from Louisiana casinos, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.

Derick Demon Caples, 31, of Houston, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi for one count of use of counterfeit access devices. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Caples used counterfeit credit cards and other access devices starting in November 11, 2012 to secure cash advances totaling $14,505.05 at Louisiana casinos such as the Isle of Capri, L’Auberge, Horseshoe, El Dorado, and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs. These access devices included Green Dot Visa cards, 123 Rewards cards, Chase cards, Wells Fargo cards, and Bank of America cards, among others. He presented false identifications with the credit cards to secure the cash advances.

Caples faces up to 10 years in prison, three years supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution. A sentencing date of November 20, 2014 was set.

The U.S. Secret Service investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Parker is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 26, 2015