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Four Michigan residents arrested on federal fraud charges

Four Michigan residents from the Detroit area were arrested Thursday on federal fraud conspiracy counts, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr.

Rodney Gilliam, 25, of Southfield, Mich.; Raina Johnson, 22, of Detroit; Deantuan Wiley, 24, of Sterling Heights, and George Brown, 24, of Farmington, face prison terms of up to five years and $250,000 fines if they are convicted, Hochul said.

Wiley separately faces charges for allegedly having more than 15 counterfeit access devices.

Hochul said the four were arrested when their car was searched at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on July 3 and authorities found 98 counterfeit credit cards in the vehicle. A subsequent investigation disclosed security surveillance videos from various retail stores in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York showing the four using counterfeit credit cards.

Gift cards and other merchandise allegedly purchased by the four suspects with counterfeit credit cards were also found in their car, Hochul said.