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Is credit card fraud a federal or state crime?

My brother works at a restaurant and took a credit card that was left on a table. He used it like an idiot to make a bunch of purchases, I'm pretty sure that the sum of those purchases was over a thousand dollars. The person lived out of state, which leads me to believe that this could potentially be a federal issue. My parents wanted me to ask.


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    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    It could possibly be both.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 3/20/2013
    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    If you make intestate purchases it could be federal, and it is a state felony. Retain a good criminal lawyer and help him to make better decisions.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 3/19/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    Am not sure if it is a federal matter, but it certainly is a violation of the Illinois Criminal Code.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/19/2013
    Jared Austin | Austin Legal Services, PLC
    909 N. Washington Ave.
    Lansing, MI 48906
    (517) 614-1983
    That would be a state crime and it's a felony. The crime occurred in the state which makes it a state crime. If it occurred on federal property, that would make it a federal crime. He needs to retain a good criminal lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 3/19/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    It is a state issues.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 3/19/2013
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