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A federal grand jury returned a single count indictment on Thursday September 5, charging Darron Antjuan Reed, 46, of Carmichael, with possessing credit card making equipment, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Reed was convicted in 2008 of making false statements in loan applications and aggravated identity theft, and was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison.
Upon his release, he was placed on a three-year term of supervision by federal probation officers. During a routine home visit, probation officers viewed multiple credit cards, including blank white cards with magnetic strips on the back. Together with probation officers, agents of the United States Secret Service conducted a search of Reed’s residence and discovered a credit card embossing machine, multiple white cards with magnetic strips, and three magnetic strip encoding machines.
This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Philip Ferrari is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Reed faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.