Two New York Men Found Guilty of Credit Card Fraud
Scott Township police assisted the federal government in the investigation that the men used false credit cards to spend nearly $50,000 to buy gift cards and merchandise at Giant Eagle and Walmart.
Two New York City men accused of using counterfeit credit cards to make nearly $50,000 worth of gift card purchases at area Giant Eagles and Walmarts were found guilty in federal court last week.
Brent Kevin Hercules Antoine, 35, and Jean A. Seraphin, 31, each were found guilty of aggravated identity theft, five counts of conspiracy and 15 charges of unauthorized use of access devices.
Scott Township police assisted the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security because some of the thefts happened at the Walmart in Raceway Plaza. The thefts date back to March 3, 2010 and also occurred in Latrobe, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said in a press release.
Authorities said the two used counterfeit credit cards that contained account numbers for real people while making the purchases of the gift cards and electronic merchandise at the stores.
The pair will be sentenced on Jan. 16 by Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill in Pittsburgh. They each face up to 21 years in federal prison and a fine of $1.25 million.
A third man, Ramar J. Gardiner, pleaded guilty to the charges in April. All three men were charged in federal court in February.