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Adams Township Woman Guilty in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme

Prosecutors say Janie Bey used counterfeit cards at Walmart stores across the region.

An Adams Township resident has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to use counterfeit credit cards, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said Thursday.

Janie M. Bey, 54, of Adams Point Boulevard, pleaded guilty to being part of a group that used counterfeit credit cards at Walmart stores around to region to purchase merchandise between June 2010 and June 2011, Hickton said.

She is scheduled to be sentenced April 30 before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,00 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be 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.

Inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service along with agents from the United States Secret Service, who are part of the Western Pennsylvania Financial Crimes Task Force, conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Bey.

The WPFCTF was established as a collaborative, multi-agency effort to combat financial crimes, including identity fraud, in Western Pennsylvania.

Partnering in this effort are the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Pennsylvania State Police.

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