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Cape Coral Man Pleads Guilty To Credit Card Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces today that Edrey Santo Rojas (31, Cape Coral) pleaded guilty to access device (credit card) fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft.  Santo Rojas faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison for the credit card fraud and a consecutive term of two years for each aggravated identity theft conviction. He will also be ordered to pay restitution to the victims of the offenses. Santo Rojas has been ordered to remain in custody pending sentencing, the date of which has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, between December 2014 and August 2015, Santo Rojas used unauthorized credit card information at various retail establishments. He also used three counterfeit and unauthorized access devices with account numbers belonging to financial institutions and individuals, without lawful authority.

In a related case, on August 16, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell sentenced Henry Alberto Fernandez Gomez (30, Cape Coral) to three years in federal prison for participating in credit card fraud and access device fraud.  Gomez used stolen and unauthorized credit card information 27 times at retail establishments throughout Florida to purchase various items.          

These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Economic Crimes Unit of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cape Coral Police Department, with assistance from the United States Secret Service and the State Attorney’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit.  They are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David G. Lazarus.

Updated August 31, 2016

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft