SF man convicted of credit card fraud, identity theft

A San Francisco man has been convicted in federal court of three counts of engaging in credit card fraud with at least eight counterfeit cards and one count of identity theft.

Marcus Dieter Felder, 51, was convicted by a jury in the court of U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney on Wednesday after a six-day trial. He will be sentenced by Chesney on May 30.

The fraudulent cards were used in 2013 and 2014 to pay for a trip to Hawaii and a stay at a resort in Maui for Felder and his companion, as well as stays at several upscale San Francisco hotels, rental cars, a flight to Chicago and a visit to the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Placer County, according to prosecution filings.

Felder was arrested at the casino on Oct. 30, 2014, as a result of a police investigation initiated after several credit cards he was carrying were declined.

The trial was delayed for more than three years during litigation of pretrial motions.

The four convictions were one count of fraudulent use of unauthorized access devices for the Hawaii trip, two counts of carrying out fraudulent transactions with access devices issued to other people, and one count of aggravated identity theft of a person who had the same first and last names.

Felder obtained some of the counterfeit cards by using the birth date of the person with the similar name, according to a grand jury indictment. Other cards had different false names.

Felder faces a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison for the first count, 15 years each for each of the next two counts plus a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence for the identity theft.

The judge will consider advisory federal sentencing guidelines before deciding on the penalty.

Defense attorney Peter Goodman said, “We’ll be appealing,” and declined to comment further.

— Julia Cheever

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