A convicted felon who had been recently released from prison is facing new charges for allegedly stealing credit cards in Connecticut and making thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases throughout the state.
Rhode Island resident Henry Fellela, Jr., 61, has been indicted on charges that allege he was involved in credit card fraud and identity theft offenses.
U.S. Attorney John Durham said that in March last year, Fellela was released from federal prison after four years after being convicted of credit card fraud, aggravated identity theft and other criminal offenses.
While he was out on federal supervised release, Fellela allegedly stole credit cards from Connecticut residents and used the cards to make thousands of dollars in unauthorized purchases at several retail stores throughout the state.
Fellela was arrested on March 8 and has been detained since.
According to Durham, the indictment charges Fellela with one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. If he is convicted, he faces more than two decades in prison. Fellela is also facing additional penalties if he is found to have violated the terms of his supervised release.
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