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Woman pleads guilty to role in massive credit card fraud

Yaily Santurio Milian, 32, a Cuban national now living in Buffalo, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to commit bank fraud for her role in a massive credit card fraud that involved the use of information fraudulently obtained from the bank credit and debit cards of at least 79 persons.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr. said Milian and her associates used the card information to purchase merchandise at numerous local retail stores, supermarkets and pharmacies.

Five other Cuban nationals have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing here, and charges are pending against another suspect linked to the scheme, Ippolito said. Santurio Milian faces a prison term of up to 30 years and a fine of up to $1 million when she is sentenced May 23.