New York man pleads guilty in Brunswick to possessing other people's credit card info
BRUNSWICK, Nov 21, 2012 (The Florida Times-Union - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A man found to have a collection of phony driver's licenses during a routine traffic stop in Camden County a year ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing 15 credit card account numbers that could give him access to other people's accounts.
Roderick Burrows, 25, of Jamaica, N.Y., entered his guilty plea before Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood in Brunswick.
Wood told him he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison, fined up to $250,000 and put on probation three years. No date has been set for sentencing and she allowed him to remain on release.
Burrows' problems began when he was stopped on Nov. 21, 2011, on Interstate 95 in Camden County for failure to maintain his travel lane. Will Woolard, the Camden County sheriff's deputy who stopped Burrows, intended to write a warning ticket.
Burrows' nervousness and shaky story of his travel plans, however, led Woolard to ask permission to search the vehicle.
When Burrows refused, Camden County Sgt. Cedric Brown brought his drug dog to the scene where the dog alerted on the van.
A subsequent search yielded drivers' licenses with Burrows' photo but other names, about 30 credit cards, some with names matching those on the phony drivers' licenses, a laptop computer, a credit card reader and writer and other equipment, U.S. Secret Service Agent Clark Chadwell testified.
The search also turned up credit card account information that the issuing banks said did not belong to Burrows, Chadwell said.
Burrows was originally indicted on five charges: possession of forged driver's licenses, 15 forged credit cards, 15 account numbers that didn't belong to him, equipment that could read the magnetic stripe on the backs of credit cards and aggravated identity theft.
Had he been found guilty at trial of one or more of the charges, Burrows could have been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison on each and fined more than $250,000, court documents showed. He could have been sentenced to serve the prison terms consecutively.
The government agreed to dismiss all the other charges in exchange for his guilty plea on the count of the possession of the 15 account numbers.
Burrows reserved the right, however, to challenge the search that was triggered by the drug dog's alert on the van where searching officers found no drugs.
Because he has followed all the conditions of his release, Wood allowed Burrows to remain free on $30,000 bail.
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