WASHINGTON - Juan Javier Cardenas of Miami was sentenced today in the Southern District of Florida to 121 months in prison for buying, trafficking and possessing stolen credit card information, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida; Special Agent in Charge Michael K. Fithen of the U.S. Secret Service, Miami Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Kenneth T. Jenkins Jr., of the U.S. Secret Service, Criminal Investigative Division.
U.S. District Court Judge K. Michael Moore also ordered Cardenas to serve 3 years of supervised release following his prison term, pay restitution in the amount of $106,915, and pay a money judgment of $350,000.
At his plea hearing before Judge Moore on Sept. 1, 2010, Cardenas, 45, admitted that from February 2008 through May 2009, he purchased stolen credit card information from a co-conspirator using the Internet. Cardenas resold that information, also using the Internet, to others who used it to make fraudulent credit card purchases. On May 27, 2009, when U.S. Secret Service agents searched his house, Cardenas had 26,669 credit card numbers stored on his computer.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Osborne of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Joseph E. Springsteen of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.