Federal Jury Convicts Orlando Couple Of Credit Card Fraud Charges
Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury today found Frank Padron Fuentes (32) and his wife, Tamara Vigoa Diaz (33), both of Orlando, guilty of access device (credit card) fraud. Fuentes was convicted of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices. He and his wife were jointly convicted of a third felony offense, possession of access device-making equipment. Fuentes faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison; Diaz faces a maximum term of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
The couple was indicted on June 6, 2012. Fuentes' s older brother, also named Frank Padron Fuentes, previously pleaded guilty on July 26, 2012.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, in April 2009, Secret Service agents learned of packages being shipped to Fuentes and his associates from a Los Angeles and New York-based credit card fraud ring. The packages contained credit card embossing machines and printers used to encode and create fraudulent credit cards; skimming devices used to obtain account information from unwitting consumers; and twenty counterfeit credit cards. The twenty credit card accounts experienced more than $6,000 in fraudulent purchases immediately after their delivery to Fuentes and his associates.
Based on this information, on May 7, 2009, agents conducted a search at Fuentes's Orlando apartment. Once inside, they located three credit card manufacturing machines in boxes addressed to Fuentes's wife, Diaz. Agents also recovered a list of 105 credit card accounts with white plastic (credit card stock) used in the production of fraudulent credit cards. The accounts on the list already had experienced more than $40,000 in fraud. A further search of Fuentes’s truck led to the discovery of additional fraudulent credit card charges totaling approximately $2,000.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Orange County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.
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