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Former employee of Citibank pleads guilty to credit card fraud

Marquise Newman faces up to 10 years in federal prison

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Citibank employee has pleaded guilty to access device, or credit card, fraud, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced.

Marquise Newman, 25, faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Newman was an employee of Citibank in 2014, according to the plea agreement. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida said Newman had access to Citibank customers' credit and debit card information as part of his job.

In late 2014, Newman improperly accessed a customer's information and obtained a debit card for the account, the U.S. attorney's office said. After successfully obtaining the debit card on the account, Newman then improperly accessed the credit and debit card information for 50 other customers.

The U.S. attorney's office said that, in an effort to cover his criminal conduct, Newman put false notes into customers' accounts, indicating that the customers had contacted Citibank and stated they intended to make large purchases in the near future.

Newman used the stolen information to make multiple online purchases of merchandise, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Newman agreed to pay restitution to Citibank as part of his plea agreement. The U.S. attorney's office said a sentencing date has not yet been set.