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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Logan County Man Sentenced For Access Device Fraud

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Joseph Hurley, 28, of Man, West Virginia was sentenced today to five years’ probation, with five months to be served in community confinement for the federal offense of Access Device Fraud.  Mr. Hurley was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of  $5,766 dollars, the full amount of the loss resulting from the fraud.

On January 26,2013, Hurley took the names and social security numbers of two relatives with whom he was living.  Hurley applied online to Citibank for credit cards (access devices) assuming the identities of his relatives.  Hurley received the first credit card in the mail at the home where he was staying in Man, West Virginia.  Hurley activated the card and fraudulently charged over five thousand dollars between February 2,2013 and March 15, 2013.  He attempted to use the second card he received in the mail, but was blocked by the Citibank Fraud Detection Unit because of suspected fraudulent activity. 

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