Florida Woman Sentenced for Aggravated Identity Theft and Wire Fraud
BOISE - Yinet Quintana Isalgue, 28, of Homestead, Florida, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 33 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Quintana Isalgue to pay $97,496 in restitution and to complete 100 hours of community service. Quintana Isalgue pleaded guilty to the charges on July 21, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, Quintana Isalgue traveled from Florida to Idaho, to commit credit card fraud. On January 9, 2015, law enforcement officers in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, received multiple reports from loss prevention officers at different retail stores identifying Quintana Isalgue through witness and surveillance evidence as attempting credit card fraud.
The next day, Quintana Isalgue was contacted by law enforcement officers when they executed a search warrant on the hotel room where she was staying. Inside the room in Quintana Isalgue’s purse and wallet, officers found 17 counterfeit credit cards, two counterfeit driver’s licenses, and 35 gift cards. The counterfeit credit cards were embossed with real account numbers and a fake name. The two counterfeit driver’s licenses had names matching those on the credit cards, but using Quintana Isalgue’s picture and actual birthdate. Some of the gift cards found in her purse were identified as the gift cards Quintana Isalgue fraudulently purchased earlier in the day.
Based upon video surveillance, loyalty card records, GPS, and credit card records, law enforcement officers discovered that Quintana Isalgue made similar fraudulent purchases in Oregon and Washington. She admitted $97,496.11 in actual fraudulent purchases, and an additional $19,288.24 in attempted purchases, for a total of $116,784.35. The fraudulent purchases and attempts occurred between November 28, 2014, and January 9, 2015. She also admitted that she knowingly and fraudulently used the credit card number of a real person.
The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, Boise Police Department, and Meridian Police Department.