Two Bay Area residents have been indicted on federal charges for an alleged counterfeit credit card and identity theft scheme. Jesse Carter and Cherie Hokamura, both 36, were charged in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday in San Francisco, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today. The two, who were already in state custody at the time, allegedly created counterfeit credit cards and false California driver’s licenses, then used them to make purchases. They were reportedly in possession of counterfeiting equipment, a spreadsheet with 1,279 stolen credit or debit card numbers, and a book that discussed ways of stealing identities. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the two moved from hotel to hotel and no fixed address for them has yet been identified. The charges include mail fraud, conspiracy, possession of document- and device-making equipment, and aggravated identity theft. The most serious charge, mail fraud, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
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