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New Jersey Man Charged With Using Fake Credit Card

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Oaklyn, New Jersey, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of access device fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two count indictment named Raymond Hasaan Matthews, 36, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Matthews used a counterfeit American Express credit card in November 2011 at Casa D'Oro Jewelers and other retailers to buy merchandise.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Melucci is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Secret Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015