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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Orleans man sentenced to 18 months in prison for possessing counterfeit credit cards in Vinton

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a New Orleans man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possessing counterfeit credit cards in order to make illegal purchases.

Izell Mayes, 24, of New Orleans, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi on one count of possession of 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1,591 restitution. According to the March 12, 2015 guilty plea, Mayes was riding in a car that was stopped for speeding on February 9, 2014 in Vinton, La. Upon further investigation, the car was searched and 50 counterfeit credit cards in Mayes’ name were found. Forty counterfeit cards under another name were also found in the car. Mayes later confessed to picking up the cards in Houston before traveling to Louisiana. He used the cards in department stores in Houston earlier that day. The last card used was in Baytown, Texas.

The U.S. Secret Service and the ATF investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard C. Parker prosecuted the case.

Updated June 18, 2015