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California Man Sentenced for Possession of Unauthorized Credit Cards

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

       BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Darnele Nelson, 32, of California, who was convicted of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, was sentenced to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution totaling $1,722.91 by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

                Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated the defendant was in possession of 109 unauthorized credit, debit and gift cards and a magnetic card reader/writer device when he was refused entry into Canada on May 13, 2013. Nelson traveled from Nevada to Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York before he attempted to travel to Canada. 

                The sentencing was the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero and Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Randy Howe, Director of Field Operations.
Updated November 28, 2014