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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Miami Man Pleads Guilty To Access Device Fraud

Orlando, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Hosmel Barona-Cardona (41, Miami) pleaded guilty to access device fraud. Barona-Cardona faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

According to the plea agreement, between November 14, 2009 and November 30, 2011, Barona-Cardona used counterfeit credit cards, with stolen credit card numbers, at retail stores and other businesses in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Michigan. These credit cards were created to appear as legitimate Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express cards. These counterfeit credit cards contained stolen credit cards numbers. Over the course of the scheme, Barona-Cardona used more than 100 stolen credit card numbers and fraudulently obtained $155,452.77.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the St. Cloud Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher LaForgia.

Updated January 26, 2015