NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


February 21, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

SOMERSET COUNTY MAN INDICTED ON CREDIT CARD FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT CHARGES

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the indictment of Joseph Cyril McMillian, of 11 S. Somerset Avenue, Crisfield, by a Somerset County Grand Jury. McMillian, 40, was indicted yesterday on 15 counts of credit card fraud, felony theft and identity theft in connection with McMillian's business, Somer's Cove Market, and his deceased partner, George A. Matarazzo, who died in July 1999. It is alleged that between late May 1999 through late December 1999, McMillian used the identity of his deceased partner to apply for various credit cards and commercial credit accounts, including American Express, Home Depot/Maintenance Warehouse, 84 Lumber Company and other financing companies, which he then used to obtain money and merchandise totaling approximately $240,000, to which the state alleges he was not entitled.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the maximum penalty for each count of felony theft and credit card fraud is 15 years and up to a $1,000 fine and one year incarceration and up to $5,000 fine for each count of identity theft.

The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division and the Maryland State Police. It was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division by the State's Attorney for Somerset County, the Honorable Logan C. Widdowson, and the Princess Anne Maryland State Police Barracks.

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