Thousands Of Texans Scammed In Credit Card Fraud

Both Nathan Michael and Elizabeth Pickrell were sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in Texas after committing a huge credit card scam.

Earlier this year the two plead guilty to device fraud and last week Michael was sentenced to 51 months in prison while Pickrell faces a shorter, 24 month, prison sentence. Both have been ordered to pay $95,407.55 in restitution.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 18, 2010, a federal search warrant was executed at Michael’s residence. During the search, law enforcement officers recovered counterfeit charge card making equipment, hundreds of counterfeit charge cards, and cash value cards.

A forensic analysis of the equipment revealed that over 6,500 victim entries were fraudulently obtained by Michael. Further investigation revealed that Nathan Michael, his brother, Christopher Michael, Elizabeth Pickrell and Corey Davis conspired together to commit access device fraud in Henderson and Smith counties.

The four defendants obtained goods and services by using fraudulent credit card account numbers obtained through the internet and at Chicken Express in Tyler, Texas, where Pickrell was employed at the time of the fraud. According to evidence, over 500 accounts were compromised in Tyler alone.

Christopher Michael pleaded guilty on May 10, 2011, to access device fraud and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison on Aug. 15, 2011.

Corey Davis has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing – Source.

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