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Tampa Man Created Counterfeit Credit Cards, US Attorney Says

Eugene Stephan Cole | US Attorney | Courts

He faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and payment of restitution to the people whom he defrauded.

TAMPA – The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida has accused a Tampa man or producing counterfeit credit cards.

Eugene Stephan Cole, 30, of Tampa, was indicted in federal court Monday (Jan. 4) on charges of possession of credit card manufacturing equipment and producing counterfeit credit cards. If convicted on both counts, Cole faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and payment of restitution to the people he defrauded.

The indictment also notifies Cole that the U.S. intends to forfeit various items of equipment and computer media he used to produce counterfeit credit cards. Cole’s trial is set for March 1.

According to the indictment, on March 4, Cole possessed items related to his manufacturing of counterfeit credit cards, including a credit card encoder/recoder, a card embosser, an Apple iPad, and multiple Apple iPhones.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

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