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Sacramento man accused of using duplicate credit cards in fraud scheme

A Sacramento man made his first court appearance today in Sacramento after being indicted by a federal grand jury for credit card fraud.

The grand jury returned a six-count indictment Jan. 23, charging Oneal Damar Hamilton, 35, with access device fraud, but the indictment was placed under seal while law enforcement agents searched for Hamilton, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Hamilton was arrested March 14 in Pasadena by the U.S. Secret Service. He appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan.

According to court documents, Hamilton allegedly ordered fraudulent duplicate credit cards from a contact outside the United States and received the duplicates at his Sacramento apartment. The true account owners did not know about or consent to Hamilton receiving duplicate credit cards on their accounts, authorities said.

Hamilton allegedly used the duplicate cards to obtain cash advances at local bank branches and to purchase thousands of dollars worth of goods and gift cards at Sacramento-area retailers before the cards reached their limits or were deactivated for suspected fraud.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service.