Doaqin Lu, a Chinese national, allegedly recruited two other Chinese citizens in his efforts to utilize fake credit cards. The 32-year-old used his younger countrymen on a scheme to defraud a number of commercial stores in Guam. Lu pleaded guilty to the federal felony on October 16. If convicted, he could suffer incarceration for a period of 10 years. He would also have to pay a $250,000 fine. Since he is a citizen of the PRC, and not of the United States, he would be deported after he serves his sentence.
Liu, in his disposition, said that he handed over 118 credit cards to Ziwen Weng and Yunkai Lu. Weng is 19 years old, and Lu 18 years. All credit cards were fake. Judge Joaquin Manibusan Junior accepted the guilty plea by Liu to one count of possessing 15 or more access devices of unauthorized nature. Liu reputedly financed and arranged for Weng and Li's travel to Guam. Officials at Guam airport discovered the fake visa credit cards concealed in their luggage. As per court documents, the credit cards were faked from bonafide foreign bank cards. A few of the credit cards were hidden inside cigarette boxes and a few were foil wrapped. Some cards were hidden inside clothing and even shoes. All cards have Lu's and Weng's named embossed on their front.
Shopping with fakes
The only giveaway was that all the cards had identical CVC or card verification code embossed on the back of the plastic. According to law enforcement, this is highly unusual. It also points to the card being counterfeit. Both Lu and Weng categorically stated that they did not submit any application for credit cards to foreign banks.
As per court documents, Weng told authorities that he would earn approximately $10,000 to shop for a week in Guam. Liu was arrested from his hotel room after he cleared customs at the airport. He admitted to providing Lu and Weng a box stacked with credit cards. A man who goes by the name 'Ace' gave instructions to Liu about the operation. The latter was ordered to escort Lu and Weng to the US territory of Guam. They were supposed to purchase things at the duty-free shops in Guam. The items would then be sent to Hong Kong and Macau. Some would also be sent to US addresses. As part of the court agreement, Liu pleaded guilty. He was released to his wife's custody. The latter was scheduled to land in Guam on the night of October 16.