JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Tampa man has pleaded guilty to possession of credit card manufacturing equipment on Tuesday, July 6.
Eugene Stephan Cole, 31, of Tampa faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and payment restitution to victims that he defrauded.READ MORE: Florida Breaks COVID-19 Case And Hospitalization Records
Cole also agreed to forfeit to the United States various equipment and computer media he had used to produce counterfeit debit and credit cards.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: Monday Is Deadline To Opt Out Of Advance Monthly Payments
According to court documents, on March 4, 2020, in Columbia County, a trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) conducted a traffic stop of a BMW driven by Cole for various traffic infractions.
When the trooper approached the car, Cole was unable to produce a driver license and the trooper smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. During a subsequent probable cause search of the BMW, the trooper located marijuana, a counterfeit North Carolina driver license, a magnetic card encoder/re-encoder, a card embosser, various computer media, and 18 blank plastic cards—all of which had a magnetic stripe capable of being encoded with credit or debit card account information, and several credit and debit cards.MORE NEWS: Delta Variant Presents Challenges To Metro Atlanta Schools
Three of the cards were in Cole’s name, while the other cards bore the names of various other individuals. During a pat down, the trooper located, in Cole’s pocket, a TD Bank Visa debit card with the name “Austin Hudson” embossed on it.