Topeka, Kansas - A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a device for making credit cards, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Craig C. Harris, 38, Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a credit card embossing machine with intent to defraud. In his plea, Harris admitted he was driving a silver Mercedes when the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped him October 29, 2012, in Wabaunsee County, Kansas.
In the car, the trooper found a Custom Card Systems CCS200 credit card embossing machine. Also found in the car were 11 envelopes containing pre-paid Ready Debit Visa credit cards bearing the names of various individuals. Also found in the car were four American Express Optima credit cards and one Union Bank Visa card, all bearing Harris’ name. The cards were not legitimately issued to Harris.
Sentencing is set for March 18. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Grissom commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the FBI, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Hathaway for their work on the case.