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5463888252_bd928fb95b_zA Chicago man is facing charges after he had his cousin get cash advances against several credit cards that he had put in her name, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Devell Allison, 18, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with credit card-forgery. If convicted, Allison faces up to three and a 1/2 years in prison and/or fined up to $10,000.

According to a criminal complaint, Allison invited his cousin Tylr Gbala — who had been estranged from the family — to come with him on a shopping trip in December. Gbala told police she believed that Allison “had money” since he often posted photos of money on Instagram and he was affiliated with rap groups in Chicago. Another female cousin drove around with Gbala to visit several area banks. The female cousin used several of the credit cards to take out cash advances and walked out of the banks with cash.

Allison gave Gbala several credit cards with her name on it, she walked into North Shore Bank but the card was declined. Eventually the card worked and Allison took the money from the woman. She then attempted to use the card again at the Mount Pleasant branch, but when the teller ran the card it came back as non-existent. Mount Pleasant Police.

Investigators learned the cards were from Barclay’s Bank and were part of a security breach that happened in December 2013. Two of the three debit cards were Ventra Cards for the Chicago Transit System and the third card was a “Business Preferred” card from U.S. Bank. Three transaction receipts were discovered totaling $6,5000.

Gbala was convicted of credit card forgery. A plea/sentence hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Sept. 29 in front of Racine County Felony Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz.

Allison is expected to have a first appearance on Aug. 20.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.