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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, May 12, 2014

Logan County Man Pleads Guilty To Fraudulently Obtaining Credit Cards

Charleston, W.Va. –  U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Joseph Hurley, 28, of Man, West Virginia pleaded guilty today to fraudulently obtaining credit cards, which are considered “access devices” under federal criminal laws.  In January of 2013, Hurley used the names and social security numbers of two relatives with whom he was living to apply for credit cards.   Hurley successfully obtained Citibank credit cards and immediately charged more than $5,000 before Citibank’s fraud department suspended the accounts.     

Hurley faces up to ten years of incarceration, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.  Hurley will also be required to make full restitution for the fraudulent charges.  Sentencing is scheduled for August 20, 2014 before the Honorable John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

The United States Secret Service and the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes handled the prosecution. 

Updated January 7, 2015