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Former Continental Employees Plead Guilty in Credit Card Theft Ring

November 23, 1993

HOUSTON (AP) _ Eleven former Continental Airlines baggage handlers pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in a credit-card theft ring.

In August, the 11 were indicted for conspiring to steal hundreds of VISA, Mastercard and American Express cards between January 1992 and May 31, 1993.

While employed as baggage handlers, the defendants took hundreds of envelopes containing credit cards from sealed U.S. mail trays as they were unloaded from airplane baggage compartments. The cards were sold to others who either used or resold the cards.

Pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy were Oscar Roberson, Dexter Frelow, Andrew Eugene Kauffman, Charles Eugene Brown, Arthur R. Mouton, Artimus Tony Yarbrough, Clarence Jewel Bradford, Roderick Alan Brooks, Brian Drumgo, Karl Smith and Roderick Reece.

In addition to the conspiracy count, the following pleaded guilty to the specified counts of possessing stolen mail: Mouton, one count; Yarbrough and Bradford, six counts each; Brooks, three counts.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The 11 will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. in February.

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