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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Two New York Residents Indicted in Pittsburgh on Counterfeiting Charge

PITTSBURGH - Two residents of Jamaica, NY, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Ronald Heggs, 25, and Amelia J. Costa, 22, as the defendants.

According to the indictment, in April, 2015, Heggs and Costa produced counterfeit credit cards which they used to purchase gift cards at K-Mart stores in Western Pennsylvania.

The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense 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 U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Heggs and Costa.

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

Updated June 9, 2016