Phoenix Couple Sentenced to Prison for Credit Card Fraud
PHOENIX – This week, Antoinette Suzanne Arangua, 34, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Arangua’s co-defendant, Dewayne Frederick Johnson, 37, of Phoenix, Ariz., was sentenced in September to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Arangua and Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess 15 or more stolen credit card numbers.
Arangua and Johnson admitted to using stolen credit card numbers to buy gift cards, get cash, and make other purchases throughout the Phoenix area between February 2017 and October 2017. Arangua and Johnson encoded stolen credit card numbers onto other credit cards, tested the stolen numbers at various stores and gas stations, and then used them to make larger purchases. During a search in October 2017, Arangua and Johnson were found with more than 1,700 stolen credit card numbers, more than 100 fabricated credit cards, two credit card embossers, a credit card reader/encoder, and approximately 74 gift cards and prepaid debit cards they had purchased using stolen credit card numbers.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the United States Secret Service. The prosecution was handled by Bridget Minder, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-18-00346-001-PHX-DJH
RELEASE NUMBER: 2018-161_ Arangua etal
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