By Mehgaan Jones
A Riverdale man has pleaded guilty in federal district court, to possessing equipment to make fraudulent licenses and credit cards, according to a media advisory issued by the United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Georgia.
Gary Lewis Williams, Jr., 39, also known as "The Duke," could face a maximum of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the statement. He pleaded guilty in the case on Wednesday, authorities said.
A federal grand jury indicted Williams on Jan. 19, on various charges relating to fraudulent identification documents, unauthorized access devices, and possession of equipment used to make these devices and documents, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated.
Williams had already pleaded guilty, in Clayton County Superior Court, to one count of first-degree forgery, on Oct. 12, 2009. He was sentenced to serve three years in state custody in that case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The forgery count was in connection with the sale of a counterfeit driver's license and checkbook, the media statement said.
"Mr. Williams made his living making driver's licenses, checkbooks and credit cards that others used to defraud merchants and businesses," United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in the statement.
United States Secret Service Special Agents and Clayton County Police Department investigators began purchasing fraudulent Georgia driver's licenses and checkbooks from Williams through an informant in January 2009, according to the media advisory.
Agents and investigators obtained a search warrant and searched Williams' Riverdale home on April 16, 2009, authorities said. His home contained a computerized printing plant, which included card printers, a credit card encoder, fraudulent driver's licenses, lists of individuals' names and dates of birth, and approximately $184,000 in cash, according to the statement.
"Williams told the agents that he had made that cash selling fraudulent driver's licenses, checkbooks and credit cards," the United States Attorney's Office said in the press statement.
"With more of our citizens becoming victims of identity theft, we are committed to identifying and arresting those who deprive us of our money and privacy," Yates said.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Williams' sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 10, at 9:30 a.m.