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Monday, April 21, 2014

2 Malaysians get 2-year terms for use of fake credit cards

GUAM—Jiunn Yang Tan, 25, and Aik Han Heng, age 36, both citizens of Malaysia, were sentenced on Jan. 7, 2014, in the District Court of Guam for their convictions of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Each one was sentenced to a 24-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. They were also ordered to jointly pay $19,369.56 restitution to the victims of their criminal conduct.

On July 4, 2012, Tan and Heng traveled to Guam from Malaysia and used, and attempted to use, counterfeit credit cards to fraudulently obtain goods and services from hotels and merchants in Tumon. Both Tan and Heng possessed 24 counterfeit cards. Some of the credit cards were encoded with stolen credit card account information of account holders in the mainland United States with institutions such as Capital One Bank in Virginia, Citicorp in Maryland, and American Express Co. in Florida. Tan and Heng were arrested July 5, 2012, by officers of the Guam Police Department.

Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, stated: “Identity theft and related white collar and financial fraud crimes victimize individuals, financial institutions and merchants. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the Department of Justice are committed to combating identify theft and other white collar and financial fraud crimes. We will continue to dedicate federal resources effectively to prevent, investigate and prosecute the unlawful use of identifying information. Federal and local law enforcement are committed to protecting our community and consumers against theft, fraud and other related criminal activity.”

This case was investigated by GPD and the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Marivic David. (USAO)

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