BEAUMONT, Texas (KYTX) – A 28-year-old Columbus, Ohio man has been found guilty of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Mohamed Laye Dioubate, a naturalized citizen from Guinea, was found guilty by a jury of possessing 15 or more unauthorized access devices today following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
"This holiday season, I encourage everyone to be protective of their credit cards and their personal identifying information," said U.S. Attorney Bales. "Grinches, like identity thieves, are unfortunately common this time of the year."
According to information presented in court, on June 27, 2012, Dioubate was stopped on Interstate-10 in Beaumont for a traffic violation.
A search of the vehicle revealed 158 fraudulent credit cards, a laptop computer and a credit card encoder. The credit cards contained various names and account numbers and had been used in multiple fraudulent purchases throughout the country.
In November 2012, Dioubate was stopped on two separate occasions, once in Missouri and once in Indiana. During each of those stops, he was again found in possession of multiple fraudulent credit cards.
On Apr. 17, 2013, Dioubate was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas and charged with federal violations.
Dioubate faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, St. Charles County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office, and the Henry County, Indiana, Sheriff's Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher T. Tortorice and Brit Featherston.