- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A Cuban woman could be deported after pleading guilty to her part in a counterfeit credit card operation.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Buffalo says 22-year-old Claudia Diaz Diaz pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Prosecutors say she is among six Cuban nationals accused of stealing the credit and debit card numbers of dozens of victims and encoding them on counterfeit cards, which they then used at western New York stores. Three others were convicted earlier and charges are still pending in the other two cases.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum prison term of 30 years. According to court documents, it’s also a removable offense and deportation is likely.

Sentencing is scheduled for February.

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