[Times Union] – A citizen of Guyana admitted trafficking more than US$400,000 worth of fake credit cards in grocery stores across New York and New England after an investigation by the Secret Service.
Georgette Jackman, 37, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court October 16 in Albany to conspiracy to commit access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and trafficking in counterfeit access devices.
Jackman, a citizen of Guyana, provided counterfeit credit cards to two other people as part of a scam involving approximately 47 Price Chopper Stores in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut, according to an announcement by the Department of Justice.
From February 2012 to January 2013, Jackman provided hundreds of counterfeit credit cards with stolen account numbers and fake names to Jamese Williams and Terry Nicholas, both of Brooklyn, prosecutors said. The three carpooled as they went from grocery store to grocery store to use their counterfeit credit cards to buy US$435,465 worth of gift cards, which would go to Jackman.
Jackman awaits sentencing, currently scheduled for February 18 in Albany. Jackman faces up to 17 years of prison time and also faces deportation when she gets out.
The Secret Service, founded in 1865 to combat counterfeiting, investigated the case.