A man sold counterfeit debit cards — but the buyer was an undercover soldier, the feds say
Pennsylvania man Selling counterfeit debit cards With stolen account information — but the buyer was an undercover state trooper, according to federal authorities.
Records now show the 37-year-old from York has been sentenced to a year in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.
The defense attorney representing the man told McClatchy News that he will turn himself in in December.
He said his client “has accepted full responsibility for his poor decisions in this case” and is “grateful to put this behind him and move forward.”
Authorities said the fake debit cards contained bank account information and personal identification numbers encoded on magnetic strips.
“Investigators determined that the account information was likely stolen from a single gas station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,” according to an October 17 news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. “In total, the scheme involved 82 debit cards containing identity information stolen from consumers.”
The scheme lasted from approximately March 2017 to December 2017, prosecutors said.
After his year in prison, the man will spend one year on probation, according to court records. He must also pay a fine of $400.
York is located about 100 miles west of Philadelphia.