United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Delano Resident Sentenced To Prison For Conspiracy To Use Unauthorized Credit Card Account Numbers
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
CONTACT: Lauren Horwood
Docket #: 1:11-cr-000174 AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — Yuri Perez Machado, 41, of Delano, was sentenced on Monday, June 11, 2012 by Chief United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to two years in prison for conspiring to use unauthorized access devices, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, between March 2010 and August 2010, Machado and co‑defendants Jorge Palenzuela and Jairo Fernandez, both of Bakersfield, conspired to obtain credit card account numbers by fraudulently opening credit card accounts with large, nationally recognized home improvement stores. In order to obtain the credit card account numbers, Machado and his co-conspirators would falsely represent themselves to the home improvement store employees as agents of a business entity applying for a credit card account, and would accordingly complete a credit card application. To substantiate their representations if needed, Machado and his co-conspirators would create false public incorporation documents listing Machado or other co-conspirators as an officer or authorized agent of the business entity purportedly applying for the credit card account. Once a credit card account number was obtained from the home improvement stores, Machado and his co-conspirators used the credit card account number to purchase goods from the home improvement stores. Between March 2010 and August 2010, Machado and his co-conspirators purchased $209,843 worth of goods from home improvement stores using unauthorized credit card account numbers.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the United States Secret Service, with assistance from the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Henry Z. Carbajal III and Stanley A. Boone prosecuted the case.
On January 9, 2012, Fernandez was sentenced to five years in prison, and on April 23, 2012, Palenzuela was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison.