Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Two Syracuse men are behind bars for their alleged involvement in a counterfeit credit card manufacturing operation.
Kareem Highsmith and Maurice Pugh, both of Syracuse, and Glenn Francis, of Brooklyn are charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft.
The charges come after a lengthy investigation conducted by the United States Secret
Service, the Syracuse Police Department, New York State Police, and the Manlius Police Department.
During a search of Highsmith’s home, agents discovered a device used to make counterfeit credit cards, as well as several counterfeit credit cards, and numerous gift cards that were purchased using the counterfeit credit cards.
Authorities say the suspects would create counterfeit credit cards and use them throughout New York State and other states in the Northeast to purchase gift cards and store merchandise, totaling nearly $300,000.
If convicted, each of the suspects could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.