A man who racked up nearly $33,000 in credit card bills in the name of actor/rapper Will Smith has pleaded guilty to one count of the use of an unauthorized access device. Carlos Lomax, 41, entered th

A man who racked up nearly $33,000 in credit card bills in the name of actor/rapper Will Smith has pleaded guilty to one count of the use of an unauthorized access device. Carlos Lomax, 41, entered the plea Wednesday in Pittsburgh before Senior U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch. Lomax faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Federal prosecutors say Lomax used Smith's Social Security number and other information to obtain 14 credit accounts at various department and specialty stores in the Pittsburgh region. They say Lomax placed fraudulent charges on 12 of those accounts. The total amount placed in the name of Willard C. Smith -- the film star's given name -- was $32,897.34.

Smith's business manager alerted federal authorities after noticing $5,447 worth of items had been charged on a Sears account in Pittsburgh.

U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan has said Lomax was on probation for running up $81,000 in credit card bills in the name of Steve Smith, the Atlanta Hawks basketball player, when the Will Smith identity theft occurred.

A telephone message left for Lomax's federal public defender, Jay Finkelstein, was not returned Wednesday.


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