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Sacramento man sentenced for role in trafficking counterfeit credit cards

A Sacramento man and his co-defendant from Los Angeles have been sentenced to prison for trafficking in counterfeit credit cards.

Gevorg Meroyan, 35, of Los Angeles was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill in Fresno to two years in prison for conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit credit cards and credit card fraud, according to a U.S Attorney’s Office news release. Co-defendant David Manukyan, 39, of Sacramento, was sentenced Nov. 16 by Judge O’Neill to one year and one day in prison.

Both men pleaded guilty in July. According to court documents, Meroyan conspired from 2009 to 2011 to produce, use and traffic in counterfeit credit cards from the Los Angeles area to Sacramento. In 2009, Meroyan and Manukyan were caught in Fresno with 42 counterfeit cards bearing false names and with computer and other electronic equipment that can be used to manufacture counterfeit credit cards, authorities said. In 2011, Meroyan was arrested in Los Angeles after attempting to buy auto parts with a counterfeit credit card.

Meroyan was ordered to surrender to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Feb. 8 to begin serving his sentence. Manukyan was previously ordered to surrender on Jan. 5.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy