3 Floridians made fake credit cards for a year

Recently, three Florida residents were sentence to prison and fined for creating and using fake credit cards.

Yolanda Floyd of Tampa and Trevor McFarlane and Rahl Abdullah of Riverview were arrested. They used unauthorized credit cards for over two years.

The trio was pulled over on November 20, 2013 on Interstate 10. Police searched the vehicle and discovered equipment used to create counterfeit credit cards, including blank cards and magnetic strip writers. They were arrested immediately following that discovery.

Investigations following the arrest found that the group used fraudulent cards as far back as December of 2012 and traveled as far away as Mississippi to use them

They were indicted by a federal grand jury on February 3 of this year and later pled guilty to the charges on August 25.

Each person faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

McFarlane received the stiffest penalty of four years and two months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Both Abdullah and Floyd were ordered to pay $2,000 each, but will serve different lengths of jail time: two years and two months for Abdullah and one year for Floyd. Each will be on probation for three years following their release.

In addition, the group will be responsible for paying just over $7,000 in restitution to American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.

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