Edgewater man sentenced to prison, fined for credit card fraud scheme

January 07, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former Justice Department lawyer was sentenced yesterday to four months in prison and ordered to pay more than $118,000 in fines and restitution for using false identities to obtain hundreds of credit cards.

Eugene M. Frese, 65, of Edgewater amassed the credit cards in preparation for what he believed would be catastrophic consequences brought about by Y2K problems, U.S. postal inspectors said.

He planned to use money from the cards to buy gold bullion, postal inspectors said.

Frese used 50 false names to get credit cards from dozens of financial institutions.

He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

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